Bruins Knock Off No. 18 Washington
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Rodney Leisle returned from a first-half suspensionto score on a fumble recovery and intercept a pass as UCLA rallied to beat No.18 Washington 46-16 Saturday.
The 6-foot-3, 294-pound tackle was suspended for the half for punching a SanDiego State player in the stomach last week.
The senior star made an impact on his very first play, after Washington'sRoc Alexander took the second-half kickoff to his own 7 instead of downing theball in the end zone.
UCLA defensive end Dave Ball knocked the ball out of quarterback CodyPickett's hand at the goal line, and Leisle pounced on it for the TD, slicingWashington's lead to 16-14.
Manuel White, who had 19 carries for 83 yards, put the Bruins ahead with a1-yard run in the third quarter.
White went off right tackle for the go-ahead score and caught a 2-pointconversion pass from Olson, capping a 5ï¿½-minute drive in which UCLA (3-2, 1-0Pac-10) went 14 plays in 91 yards.
The Huskies (3-2, 1-1) advanced inside the red zone following White'sgo-ahead TD, but Pickett's short pass over the middle bounced off the shoulderpads of fullback Zach Tuiasosopo and into the waiting arms of Leisle at theUCLA 12.
Tyler Ebell and Maurice Drew also had short touchdown runs and Jarrad Pagescored on a 24-yard interception return for UCLA. The Bruins ended Washington'sthree-game losing streak with their fourth straight Rose Bowl victory over theHuskies.
Bruins quarterback Drew Olson was 16-for-24 for 258 yards and had a 1-yardTD run. Craig Bragg caught eight passes for 142 yards.
UCLA had 127 yards in penalties, after being penalized for 113 last week inits victory over San Diego State.
The Huskies had outscored opponents 79-20 in the second half and 27-0 in thefourth quarter. But UCLA outscored them 39-0 in the second half and 24-0 in thefourth quarter.
Washington scored on its first three possessions and built a 16-7 halftimelead.
The unranked Bruins converted the turnover into a 39-yard field goal byChris Kluwe, capping an 11-play, 66-yard drive with 12:13 remaining. Pagesealed the victory just eight seconds later with his 24-yard interceptionreturn and Olson ran in from 1 yard with 3ï¿½ minutes to play.
Pickett completed 26 of 42 passed for 281 yards and was intercepted twice.He completed 12 of his first 15 passes - six of them to Williams, who exploiteda 7-inch height advantage against 5-9 cornerback Matt Clark - while Matt Ware,the Bruins' 6-3 cornerback, remained on the other side. Williams finished with10 catches for 105 yards.
After the second of Even Knudson's three field goals increased Washington'slead to 13-0 early in the second quarter, UCLA drove 72 yards in five plays andnarrowed the gap to 13-7 with 9:12 left in the half. Bragg keyed the drive witha diving 41-yard reception at the Washington 10 after beating Jimmy Newell on apost pattern.
Two plays later, Ebell went around left end from the 7 to score his firsttouchdown of the season. It was the third of 10 carries in the game for thesophomore tailback, who rushed for 50 yards after running the ball just threetimes last week.
On Monday, Ebell brought his father into a closed-door meeting withfirst-year head coach Karl Dorrell in an attempt to get his role on the teammore defined. Dorrell referred to Ebell's lack of playing time as an oversight.In last year's 34-24 win at Washington, Ebell had three 1-yard touchdown runsamong his 102 total rushing yards.