Bruins Stop Vols on Fourth-and-2 to Win, 19-15
Sept. 12, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - UCLA stopped Tennessee's Montario Hardesty on fourth-and-2 in the closing minutes and the Bruins made it two in a row against the Volunteers with a 19-15 victory Saturday.
Trailing by 6, the Vols (1-1) had a chance to take the lead after driving 52 yards, but UCLA held fast and Lane Kiffin lost for the first time as Tennessee coach.
Tennessee got a safety when Dennis Rogan sacked Kevin Prince on the next drive, but an inept Jonathan Crompton took a sack and threw three incomplete passes after getting the ball back.
After throwing five touchdown passes in the season opener, Crompton unraveled against the Bruins.
On the first play after halftime, he threw his third interception of the day and second to Rahim Moore, who now has five for the season. Kai Forbath kicked a 39-yard field goal four plays later for a 13-10 lead.
Kiffin, who has pledged not to shuffle quarterbacks during games, stuck with Crompton. Tennessee went three-and-out on its next two drives, and Forbath answered with field goals of 31 and 47 yards to give UCLA a 19-10 lead with 2:39 in the third quarter.
Forbath, who beat Tennessee with an overtime field goal in California last season, made four field goals in the rematch.
Prince finished 11-for-23 for 101 yards and the one touchdown. Johnathan Franklin had 80 yards rushing.
In the second quarter, Crompton fumbled a snap at the Tennessee 36, and Jerzy Siewierski recovered. A few plays later, Prince threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Chane Moline as he was being hit, tying the score at 10 with 7:09 before halftime.
Crompton threw interceptions on the next two drives. He overthrew Gerald Jones on the first and hit Moore instead. On the second he threw right to Alterraun Verner.
Crompton completed 13 of 26 for 93 yards. Hardesty finished with 89 yards rushing.
But the Bruins couldn't capitalize on either. UCLA went three-and-out on the first, and Forbath missed a 51-yard field goal to end the half.
UCLA had it's own problems hanging on to the ball. The Bruins fumbled five times, losing the ball once.
Willie Bohannan sacked Prince, causing a fumble, and Gerald Williams recovered at the UCLA 11. Hardesty took care of the rest on the next play to put Tennessee up 10-3 with 2:58 in the first quarter.
The Vols' defense reached Prince many times but usually after he released the ball. He was sacked twice, including the safety, and had a limp and a bloody mouth by the end of the game.