No. 14 UCLA Wins Shootout Over ASU 45-35
Nov. 12, 2005
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Drew Olson threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns Saturday and No. 14 UCLA defeated Arizona State 45-35 in an high-scoring show at the Rose Bowl.
The Bruins (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) rebounded from their stunning 52-14 loss at Arizona a week earlier with another explosive offensive performance.
After building a 21-7 first-quarter lead against Arizona State, the Bruins edged away from a 28-28 tie in the third quarter to get back on the winning track.
The Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4) got a 334-yard, three-touchdown pass performance from redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter and might have kept pace with UCLA but for three lost fumbles.
Olson, who had thrown for a school-record six touchdowns in a rout of Oregon State on Oct. 22, hooked up with Joe Cowan for a 91-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage against ASU. He then threw a 56-yarder to Chris Markey, a 6-yarder and a 13-yarder to Marcedes Lewis, and a 7-yarder to Brandon Breazell.
Lewis had seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, Markey three for 120 yards, and Cowan three for 109.
Olson, a senior who struggled much of his first three years at UCLA, completed 22-of-27 and set a school record of 30 touchdown passes in a season, bettering Cade McNown's mark of 25 set in 12 games in 1998.
Sun Devils wide receiver Derek Hagan had seven catches for 97 yards and set a Pac-10 record with 249 career receptions. Stanford's Troy Walters had 248 from 1996-99.
The Bruins finally got some breathing room when Justin Medlock's 27-yard field gave them a 10-point lead with 2:10 remaining.
ASU had narrowed the margin to 42-35 on Carpenter's 2-yard scoring pass to Hagan with 7:14 left to play.
After Carpenter threw two touchdown passes to Terry Richardson in the second quarter to tie it 28-28, the Bruins went up again on Olson's fourth scoring pass. Breazell caught the ball as he was falling out of the left side of the end zone, and at first it was ruled he did not get his foot down in bounds.
But the replay review upheld UCLA's claim that Breazell scored on the play.
An earlier review overturned the on-the-field ruling when it showed that Lewis was in the end zone, rather than on the 1, when he caught the pass for his first touchdown. Another upheld Richardson's touchdown, showing that he extended the ball over the goal line. A third review gave possession to the Sun Devils on a play when it initially was ruled UCLA had recovered an ASU fumble.
There was also a review on UCLA's drive to Medlock's late field goal, when a pass to Lewis first was ruled incomplete, but then overturned to give the Bruins a first down at the ASU 4.
The Sun Devils pulled even at 28 on Carpenter's 5-yard scoring pass 51 seconds before halftime.
Olson set the tone for the game on the first play from scrimmage, throwing to Cowan on a slant that turned into the 91-yard TD.
UCLA soon went up 14-0, after Spencer Havner recovered a fumble by Carpenter to stop an Arizona State drive at the Bruins' 17. Olson capped a quick 79-yard march with the TD pass to Markey.
The Sun Devils came back with a 79-yard march of their own, with Keegan Herring finishing with a 2-yard burst into the end zone. The Bruins stretched the lead back to 14 with another rapid drive, Lewis catching a short toss from Olson to make it 21-7.
UCLA doesn't play again until Dec. 3, at the Los Angeles Coliseum against top-ranked USC.