UCLA Cooks Rice For Dinner

Sept. 10, 2005

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Drew Olson threw for three touchdowns and Maurice Drew scored twice to help UCLA open a big early lead, and the Bruins went on to a 63-21 victory over Rice on Saturday night.

The Bruins (2-0) scored the first seven times they had the ball - including Drew's 66-yard punt return for a touchdown - to pull out to a 49-14 lead by halftime.

Rice, losing its season opener and seventh game in a row dating back to last year, simply could not stop the Bruins' versatile offense. UCLA had 299 yards in the first quarter, and had amassed 408 yards by halftime before going mostly with reserves in the second half.

Olson and Drew each went to the sidelines after playing the first series of the third quarter, which also was the first time in the game the Bruins had to punt.

UCLA's Maurice Drew. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Olson finished 18-of-25 for 296 yards, with no interceptions. He threw scoring strikes of 39 and 10 yards to Junior Taylor, and connected with Brandon Breazell for an 11-yard touchdown.

Drew rushed for 95 yards on 11 carries, including a 4-yard TD run in the first quarter after a 23-yard scoring run by Rice's Joel Armstrong briefly pulled the Owls into a 7-7 tie.

Drew's long punt return for a TD, with the Bruins springing him with good blocks, was his second in as many games.

UCLA immediately set the tone against the Owls.

After the Bruins lost 2 yards on a screen on their first play of the game, Chris Markey sliced off tackle on a 51-yard dash down to the Owls' 39. On the next play, Olson hooked up with Taylor on a 39-yard scoring play.

That drive, starting from the UCLA 10 after the 2-yard loss, took one minute, 13 seconds - and signaled what was to come.

Michael Pitre made it 21-7 on a 6-yard run late in the first quarter, Markey scored on a 2-yard run early in the second. Linebacker Christian Taylor added a fourth-quarter touchdown when he picked up a fumble at the Rice 4 and ran it into the end zone, and Kahlil Bell capped the UCLA scoring with a 22-yard scoring run .

A 1-yard run by Marcus Rucker and a 4-yard run by Tommy Henderson accounted for the Owls' other touchdowns.

Fullback John Wall was Rice's leading rusher, with four carries for 58 yards. Armstrong was 5-of-8 for 32 yards in the air, and carried six times for 25 yards.

The game was the third between the schools, with UCLA winning all three. The last time the teams met was in 1966 at Rice Stadium, when the Bruins won 27-24.

The Owls lost for still another time in California. They've won just one of 14 trips, beating Stanford in 1957 and tying USC in 1947.

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