No. 12 UCLA Drops No. 19 Oregon State, 38-7
Sept 29, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - UCLA never forgot about the beating it took fromOregon State two years ago. And the Beavers won't soon forget the payback theyreceived Saturday.
DeShaun Foster ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and Cory Paus threw two scoring passes to Brian Poli-Dixon as the 12th-ranked Bruins flattened No.19 Oregon State 38-7.
UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) atoned for its 55-7 defeat at Reser Stadium in 1999by piling up 496 yards. The Bruins' defense again was spectacular in itsstrongest test so far.
Oregon State (1-2, 0-1) had racked up 99 points and 1,163 yards the last twoyears against UCLA, and the Beavers were going for their first three-gamewinning streak in the series' 52-game history. But on this day, they gainedjust 157 yards until a late 63-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson.
Ken Simonton, who led the Pac-10 in rushing last year at 134 yards a game,was held to a career-low 26 on 13 carries. Jonathan Smith completed just 11 of32 passes for 106 yards and an interception.
After surrendering a school-record 368 points last season, UCLA's defensivestatistics have been remarkable this year: 34 points allowed in four games.Counting last week's 13-6 win over Ohio State, whose only score came on ablocked punt, the defense has given up 386 yards and zero points in two games.
Foster, who had just 66 yards against Ohio State and none in the secondhalf, scored on runs of 3, 17 and 1 yards. Between the 20s, his hard runningwore down the Beavers' defense and left it vulnerable to big plays.
The Bruins led 17-0 at halftime and put the game out of reach with twotouchdowns just 1:21 apart in the third quarter.
Following an 18-yard pass from Paus to Mike Seidman, Foster was stopped atthe line, then ran right, broke three tackles and tiptoed into the end zone forhis second score.
On the next possession, Oregon State's George Gillett caught a pass fromSmith for a 24-yard gain, then was pummeled on a hit to his head by JasonStephens. The ball popped loose, and Marcus Reese recovered at the Beavers' 39.On the next play, Paus lobbed a strike to Poli-Dixon to give the Bruins a 31-0lead.
The defeat was a painful blow to Oregon State's hopes of recapturing thewild success of last season, when it won a school-record 11 games, including arout of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Beavers lost their opener at Fresno State 44-24, then escaped New MexicoState by five points. And after a three-week layoff, the Beavers were rusty.
When he had time to throw, Smith routinely missed his receivers, and theydid him no favors by running several wrong routes.
UCLA capitalized on the Beavers' first mistake and needed only three playsto take a 7-0 lead.
A pass by Smith went too far inside for Seth Trimmer, and Stephensintercepted it. He returned the ball 10 yards before fumbling, and teammateRicky Manning picked it up and carried it another 17 yards to the Beavers 28.
Two plays later, Foster went around the left side for a 25-yard gain. Hethen bulled into the end zone from 3 yards out.
The game was a defensive standoff until late in the second quarter, withteach team recovering a fumble and getting two sacks.
With just under six minutes left in the half, UCLA began an 11-play drivethat stalled when the Bruins were flagged for a 15-yard personal foul, theirthird of the game. But on third-and-24, Paus found Craig Bragg for 14 yards toset up Chris Griffith's 42-yard field goal.
Oregon State went three and out, and UCLA got the ball back at the Beavers'47 with 43 seconds left. On third-and-1, Paus went deep along the left sidelineand connected with Brian Poli-Dixon, who had a step on cornerback ShamonJamerson, for a 38-yard touchdown with no time remaining to make it 17-0.