Bruins Scramble To Down Arizona, 27-24, In Third QTR Rally
Oct. 28, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Cory Paus scrambled 13 yards for a touchdown with 48seconds left as UCLA rallied for a 27-24 victory over No. 24 Arizona onSaturday night.
After falling behind 21-14, the Bruins (5-3, 2-3 Pac-10) held Arizona (5-3,3-2) scoreless in the second half to snap their eight-game road losing streak.UCLA's last won away from home on Nov. 14, 1998, beating Washington in Seattle.
The Bruins had three of their four interceptions in the second half,including one with 10 seconds left that kept the Wildcats 2) from drivingtoward a tying field goal.
Paus, who also passed for one score, capped a 66-yard drive in the final2:47 when he scrambled left, pulled out of three arm tackles and put the ballin the end zone with an extended arm.
Earlier, he threw an 18-yard TD pass to Brian Poli-Dixon that gave theBruins a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
Arizona's Clarence Farmer ran for 107 yards and TDs of 2 and 19 yards, andOrtege Jenkins had a career-high 104 yards on 11 carries. But Jenkins' fourinterceptions also were a career-high, and they proved decisive.
Griffith's first field goal cut Arizona's lead to 21-17 with 9:04 left inthe third quarter. Then Ricky Manning Jr. picked off a pass and returned it 27yards to the Wildcats' 13 for another field goal that made it 21-20 with 5:55to go.
About two minutes later, Manning outjumped Brad Brennan in the end zone topull down another interception and keep Arizona from extending its lead.
Arizona's defense scored once and was a factor in two more TDs as theWildcats took a 21-14 halftime lead.
Arizona scored only 3:01 into the game when Paus, who was falling backwardin the grasp of Anthony Thomas, threw up a fluttering pass that hit KeoniFrasier, the Wildcats' other defensive tackle, in the chest. He ran to hisright and lumbered along the sideline for the score that made it 7-0.
UCLA scored twice in the last 7:08 of the first quarter, with Paus covering43 yards on three passes to Poli-Dixon to set up a 1-yard plunge by Foster totie it and throwing a scoring strike to Poli-Dixon to give the Bruins a 14-7lead with 1:57 remaining.
But the Arizona defense revived in the second quarter.
Jermaine Chatman ended UCLA's first drive with an interception, and, afterfive straight carries by Farmer netted only 10 yards, Jenkins threw a 41-yardpass to Brad Brennan on the 6-yard line.
Farmer scored on two carries - the second with 8:16 to play in the quarter.
UCLA went three-and-out on its next two possessions, and Farmer capped a50-yard drive after the second Bruins punt by scoring on his 19-yard carry with1:22 left in the period.
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer