UCLA Tops Illinois On Road 35-17
Sept. 11, 2004
By JIM PAUL
Associated Press Writer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Drew Olson threw three touchdown passes and MauriceDrew rushed for 142 yards Saturday to help UCLA snap a six-game losing streakwith a 35-17 win over Illinois.
Olson completed scoring passes of 41 and 14 yards to Craig Bragg in thefirst half and threw a 15-yard score to Maurice Lewis in the fourth quarter asthe Bruins snapped a string of losses dating back to last Nov. 1.
Manuel White added 97 yards rushing for the Bruins (1-1), who had 481 yardsof total offense, their second straight game with more than 400 yards. Olsonfinished 14-of-21 for 208 yards.
Illinois (1-1) played the second half without senior quarterback JonBeutjer, who injured his ribs late in the first half. Backup Brad Bower, aredshirt freshman, was 11-of-15 for 102 yards and ran for another 39 yards,leading the Illini to 10 second-half points.
But three turnovers hurt Illinois. The Bruins converted a fumble and aninterception into touchdowns.
UCLA scored on its first two possessions of the game. After taking over ondowns after Illinois failed on a fourth-and-1 at the UCLA 4, the Bruins marched96 yards, ending with Olson's 41-yard touchdown throw to Bragg.
After forcing the Illini to punt, the Bruins went to the run and Drewcompleted a five-play, 65-yard drive with a 47-yard touchdown run.
The Bruins came out in the second half with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to takea 28-7 lead with 10:20 to play in the third quarter.
Beutjer was 12-of-22 for 146 yards before he was hurt. He hit Franklin Paynefrom 16 yards out for Illinois' first touchdown with 13:47 left in the firsthalf.
E.B. Halsey rushed for 97 yards and Kendrick Jones caught six passes for 110yards for the Illini.