UCLA Disposes Of Devils, 52-42

Dec 1, 2001

AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. - Scott McEwan's turn was a long time in coming. Hesaid it was worth the wait.

McEwan, a fifth-year senior making his first career start, passed for 280yards and three touchdowns Saturday as UCLA beat Arizona State 52-42 to snap afour-game losing streak.

Coming off a 27-0 loss to Southern California, the Bruins (7-4, 4-4 Pac-10)took command by scoring three touchdowns in the opening 16{ minutes, and addedthree more TDS in the third quarter to put the Sun Devils away.

Now, McEwan hopes to make another start - in a bowl game. But that might nothappen for the Bruins despite their winning record. The Silicon Valley Bowl andHumanitarian Bowl are thought to be possibilities.

Athletic director Peter Dalis refused comment on the matter before the game,but coach Bob Toledo said he believes the Bruins deserve a shot.

'We played a tough schedule,' Toledo said. 'I think when you're 7-4 at aplace like UCLA, you ought to have an opportunity to play somewhere. I'll letthe administration handle that stuff. I'm going to enjoy this.'

McEwan, who completed 20 of 36 passes with one interception, threw a 62-yardscoring pass to Craig Bragg in the second quarter, a 39-yarder to Bragg in thethird period, and a 2-yarder to Ed Ieremia-Stansbury in the fourth quarter.

Bragg, a redshirt freshman, had seven receptions for 138 yards - both careerhighs.

'It feels great,' McEwan said. 'It was a tough road this season, to go6-0 and lose the last four. There was nothing that was going to bring us downtoday, we were going to come out victorious.

'I've waited a long time for this opportunity, it was a long haul. I justfeel very fortunate. It was coach Toledo's decision to have Cory playing, and Isupported it. I was just going to go out there and hold nothing back. I'm justreal happy I performed well in my final game.'

McEwan referred to Cory Paus, the Bruins' starting quarterback most of thelast three seasons. Paus was demoted to third string this week for notdisclosing two alcohol-related driving incidents to Toledo.

'He responded well,' Toledo said of McEwan. 'He's a great kid, you can'task for a more loyal person.'

UCLA also played without DeShaun Foster, the nation's fifth-leading rusherwho was ruled ineligible Nov. 7 for an extra benefits violation. Foster wasinvited to be introduced with the other 22 UCLA seniors before the game, butopted not to do so.

The win was UCLA's first since Oct. 20.

'You can't compare this game to anything else, it's our last game,' seniordefensive lineman Kenyon Coleman said. 'It's great, it was an emotionalgame.'

Manuel White, who gained 85 yards on 17 carries, scored on runs of 8 and 9yards, and Akil Harris, who picked up a career-high 138 yards on 22 carries,added a 1-yard TD plunge for the Bruins.

UCLA also got a 5-yard touchdown run from Matt Stanley and a 28-yard fieldgoal by Chris Griffith.

Tom Pace, a senior playing in his final college game, scored on a 42-yardrun and a 100-yard kickoff return for the Sun Devils (4-7, 1-7), who finishedthe season with five straight losses.

Pace gained 87 yards on nine carries.

'What a thrill the run was,' Pace said of his kickoff return. 'When Ibroke free, all I could see was the kicker coming after me, and I thought Icould get away from him.'

The other ASU touchdowns were scored by Delvon Flowers on a 2-yard run, MikeWilliams on a 59-yard run, Justin Taplin on an 18-yard pass from Andrew Walter,and Ryan Dennard on a 2-yard pass from Walter with four seconds left.

ASU scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter including the final twoafter UCLA had taken a 52-28 lead.

Flowers gained 50 yards on 16 carries to raise his rushing total for theseason to 1,041 yards.

Walter, a redshirt freshman making his second career start, completed16-of-29 for 226 yards with one interception, and was sacked six times.

'This was a tough way to send our seniors out,' ASU coach Dirk Koettersaid. 'But on the positive side, our team did compete quite well today. Whenyou lack confidence, as we did today, you're not only playing your opponent,but yourselves also.'

ASU's Jeff Krohn, the Pac-10's passing efficiency leader, sat out the gamebecause of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.

The game was played before a crowd of 45,271 at the Rose Bowl. It wasoriginally scheduled Sept. 15 as UCLA's home opener, but postponed due to theterrorist attacks on the East Coast four days earlier.

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