No. 13 UCLA Knocks Off BYU, 27-17
Sept. 8, 2007
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Markey ran for a late touchdown, Trey Brown returned an interception 56 yards for a score and the No. 13 UCLA defense held off a second-half BYU rally Saturday night for a 27-17 victory.
Kahlil Bell also ran for a touchdown in the first half to help the Bruins open the season with two victories and stop an 11-game BYU winning streak.
Down 20-3, BYU opened the second half with a pair of touchdown drives, but the UCLA defense forced a fumble on the ensuing possession and held the Cougars to three-and-out on the next.
UCLA (2-0) used a slow, 45-yard drive in the final three minutes that included a timely pass interference penalty on BYU and a Ben Olson completion on third-and-7. Markey's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:12 remaining sealed the win.
Most of the pre-game attention in both Provo and Pasadena was on Olson, who had redshirted at BYU before serving a church mission and transferring to UCLA. He passed for 126 yards, but no TDs.
UCLA's defenders force a three-and-out on BYU's next possession.
Brown, a cornerback, gave UCLA most of its production in the first half with run backs on an interception and fumble.
He picked off a Hall pass across the middle, swerved to his right and outran several pursuers. Picking up blocking along the way, Brown cut back to his left near the goal line and was tackled as he made it into the end zone to put UCLA up 10-0 with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, Brown picked up a Vic So'oto fumble at the UCLA 38 and returned it to the BYU 41 to set up Kai Forbath's 40-yard field goal that put UCLA ahead 20-0.
Bell was solely responsible for UCLA's only first-half touchdown drive. He carried four times, including runs of 26 and 17 yards, and his 4-yard TD burst gave the Bruins a 17-0 lead. Bell ran for 79 of UCLA's 112 yards.
Both teams were tepid early on offense and struggled for first downs.
Olson managed a 37-yard pass to Joe Cowan on a 60-yard drive late that resulted in a 37-yard Forbath field goal and a 3-0 lead with 2:54 left in the first quarter.
Late in the first half, Hall led the Cougars on a 53-yard march for their first score, a 27-yard field goal by Mitch Payne with five seconds on the clock.
BYU had not lost since a 23-20 overtime defeat to Boston College nearly a year ago. The Cougars had won two straight against Pac-10 opponents coming in. They beat Oregon in last year's Las Vegas Bowl and Arizona to open the season last week.