UCLA Drops OSU Behind Paus, Defense

Sept 14, 2002

STILLWATER, Okla. - Cory Paus beat Oklahoma State with his arm, his legs and a fifth-year senior's savvy.

Paus passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score as No. 23 UCLA beat Oklahoma State 38-24 Saturday night in the first meeting between the two teams.

'He does more than people think out there,' UCLA Coach Bob Toledo said. 'He just understands what's going on as a five-year veteran.'

Paus threw touchdown passes of 41, 27 and 25 yards, and UCLA (2-0) forced five turnovers by the Cowboys (1-2). It was the Bruins' ninth straight regular-season win over a non-conference opponent.

Spencer Havner intercepted Josh Fields' pass and returned it 23 yards for a second-quarter touchdown and Ben Emanuel had two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick in UCLA territory with 3:41 left.

Rashaun Woods led Oklahoma State with 7 receptions for 143 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from Fields, who was 20-for-40 passing for 291 yards with three interceptions.

'The name of the day was turnovers,' Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said. 'We have enough talent to play with these guys, but when you turn the ball over five times, you change the outcome of the game.'

The Cowboys jumped to an early 10-0 lead but the Bruins answered with 31 straight points in their second comeback win in as many weeks.

'We started out slow once again, and they had a lot of energy,' said Toledo, whose team trailed Colorado State last weekend before winning 30-19. 'It showed a lot of character for our team to prove that we could come back again.'

Paus shook off an interception on the Bruins' first possession and finished 13-of-27 for 277 yards. He also scored from the 3-yard line in the third quarter to put the Bruins ahead 38-17.

Akil Harris led UCLA with 83 yards on 17 carries. Craig Bragg paced Bruins receivers with three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Seymore Shaw led Oklahoma State with 54 yards rushing on 9 carries. His 1-yard touchdown pulled the Cowboys to 38-24 in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma State took possession at the UCLA 39-yard line with 3:54 remaining in the game but Emanuel intercepted Fields' pass two plays later and UCLA ran out the clock.

'It showed a lot of character for our team to prove that we could come back again.'
UCLA coach Bob Toledo

Woods extended his streak of consecutive games with at least two catches by winning a battle with UCLA's Ricky Manning, a two-time All-Pac-10 cornerback who covered Woods most of the game.

Manning was flagged for three pass interference penalties while covering Woods, who has caught 54 passes for 737 yards and nine touchdowns in his last seven games.

'He's a good receiver,' Manning said. 'I'm pretty sure he's going to tear up the Big 12. His catches didn't surprise me, but some of the calls did.'

The Cowboys outgained UCLA in the first half, 260 yards to 231, but turned the ball over four times on three interceptions and a fumble to help the Bruins take a 24-10 halftime lead.

Kobina Amoo intercepted Paus' pass at the UCLA 38-yard line in the first quarter, setting up a 1-yard touchdown by Tatum Bell that put the Cowboys ahead. Luke Phillips' 22-yard field goal made it 10-0.

Paus redeemed himself by hitting Bragg for a 41-yard touchdown and Mike Seidman for a 27-yard score later in the half. He connected with Ryan Smith for a 25-yard score in the third quarter for a 31-10 Bruin lead.

Last year's Oklahoma State starter, Aso Pogi, replaced Fields late in the second quarter, throwing an interception in the end zone to Matt Ware. Pogi was 2-for-3 passing for 59 yards before Fields returned in the third.

Associated Press Writer

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