Brave Drew's World
Sept. 18, 2004
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Maurice Drew ran for a school-record 322 yards and fivetouchdowns and UCLA's defense stopped Washington at the 2-yard line as timeexpired to give the Bruins a 37-31 win Saturday night.
UCLA (2-1, 1-0) has won four straight in the series and seven of the lasteight, but the Pac-10 opener for both teams wasn't over until Washingtonreceiver Charles Frederick was smothered near the goal line on the final play.
The Huskies (0-2, 0-1) drove 58 yards in the final 39 seconds, taking overwhen UCLA quarterback Drew Olson couldn't draw Washington's defenders offsideon fourth-and-inches. Officials spotted the ball where Olson downed his knee.
Washington's Casey Paus, who threw three interceptions in an opening loss toFresno State, did his part. He completed three passes to get Washington toUCLA's 27, then spiked the ball to stop the clock with 16 seconds to go.
Paus missed Corey Williams on an end zone route, leaving 12 seconds. Then heoverthrew Williams in the left corner, shaving another six seconds off theclock and bringing up fourth-and-10.
On the last play, Paus found Frederick at the 5. He came free from a tacklerand spun toward the end zone, but several defenders wrapped up the Washingtonwideout as the Bruins came onto the field in celebration.
Paus was 13-for-28 passes for 200 yards with no interceptions, while KennyJames gained 133 yards rushing for the Huskies.
Olson was 12-of-17 for 122 yards with one interception.
Drew became the 75th player in NCAA Division I-A history and the second thisseason with a 300-yard rushing game. West Virginia's Kay-Jay Harris gained 337yards rushing in a 56-23 win over East Carolina two weeks ago.
Drew, who had 152 yards rushing in last week's win at Illinois, followed upwith a remarkable day, bursting through big holes, slipping away from tacklersand cutting back into open field for one long run after another.
By halftime, he had 235 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The NCAA Division I-A record for most rushing yards in a half is 287 - setby Stacey Robinson of Northern Illinois against Fresno State in 1990 andmatched by TCU's LaDanian Tomlinson in 1999 against UTEP.
The NCAA single-game record was set by Tomlinson - 406 yards in the UTEPgame.
The previous single-game rushing record for UCLA was held by DeShaun Foster,who ran for 301 against Washington in 2001.
The way Drew ran, the Bruins never were far behind. He had 169 yards rushingon only four carries through the first period, scoring on runs of 47, 62 and 58yards as UCLA trailed 24-20 after the opening quarter.
Drew kept it going in the second half, scoring on a 37-yard burst as theBruins took a 34-24 lead after their first drive of the third quarter. Thatboosted his total at that point to 17 carries for 294 yards.
It also was his fifth TD, a UCLA record and the most ever accomplished byone player against the Huskies.
Washington wasn't out of it, though, not after Frederick returned theensuing kickoff 62 yards to UCLA's 35 and Kenny James scored on a 1-yard run topull the Huskies to 34-31 midway through the third.
Drew finally seemed to tire. He was on the sideline getting his right calfmassaged by trainers when Olson led a drive that ended with Justin Medlock's20-yard field goal, putting UCLA ahead 37-31 in the fourth quarter.