UCLA Disposes Of Devils, 52-42

Dec 1, 2001

AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Scott McEwan, a fifth-year senior making his firstcareer start, passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as UCLA beatArizona State 52-42 to snap a four-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.

UCLA might be shut out of the bowl picture despite its winning record. TheSilicon Valley Bowl and Humanitarian Bowl are thought to be possibilities.Athletic director Peter Dalis refused comment on the matter before the game.

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.

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.

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.

UCLA played without DeShaun Foster, the nation's fifth-leading rusher whowas ruled ineligible Nov. 7 for an extra benefits violation, and quarterbackCory Paus, demoted to third string for not disclosing two alcohol-relateddriving incidents to coach Bob Toledo.

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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