UCLA Gets A Scare Vs. Washington
Oct. 1, 2005
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Drew Olson threw for a pair of second-half touchdowns and took No. 20 UCLA on a long scoring march in the closing minutes to rally the Bruins to a 21-17 victory Saturday night over the Washington Huskies.
Maurice Drew dived over from the 1-yard line with 1:08 remaining to give the heavily favored Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) their first lead of the game.
The Huskies (1-4, 0-2) were 21-point underdogs, but led 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter after holding a 10-0 edge at halftime.
Olson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis early in the third quarter, added a 1-yarder to Michael Pitre on the first play of the fourth quarter, then guided the Bruins on a 73-yard drive to the winning score.
After struggling and throwing a pair of interceptions in the first half, Olson finished 29-of-44 for 287 yards and the two scores.
He completed six consecutive passes after missing on his first attempt of the final drive, including a 39-yarder to Marcus Everett that moved the ball down to the Washington 20. Drew scored three plays later.
The win was the Bruins' fifth in a row against the Huskies, and their eighth in the last nine meetings.
The Huskies' defense held Drew, who ran for a UCLA record 322 yards and five touchdowns in the Bruins' 37-31 come-from-behind win in Seattle last year, to just 33 yards on 14 carries. He had an apparent 65-yard touchdown on a punt return called back in the second quarter.
Washington had a 50-yard scoring run by Louis Rankin nullified by a holding call late in the game and the Huskies instead had to punt the ball away with 3:39 remaining. Olson then took the Bruins down to their final touchdown.
Isaiah Stanback completed 14 of 26 passes for 188 yards, and ran for 50 yards and scored on a 1-yard sneak that gave the Huskies a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter.
Kenny James ran 20 yards for a touchdown to put Washington up 10-0 early in the second quarter.
Evan Knudson, who later was short from 55 yards and wide left from 28 yards, put the Huskies on the board with his 18-yard field goal in the opening quarter.
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