Cougars Beat UCLA To Take Pac-10 Lead

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Associated Press Writer

PULLMAN, Wash. - Jonathan Smith ran for three touchdowns and No. 12Washington State beat UCLA 31-13 to move into first place in the Pac-10 onSaturday.

Smith's running came in handy for the Cougars after quarterback Matt Kegelleft the game after a hard hit late in the first quarter and was replaced byfreshman Josh Swogger.

Washington State (8-2, 5-1) broke a three-way tie for first by beating theBruins (6-4, 4-2). No. 2 Southern California (4-1) is a half-game behind theCougars, but controls the race after beating Washington State last week.

The Cougars bounced back from that 43-16 loss to the Trojans by winning agame marked by seven turnovers from each team. UCLA fumbles led to all fourCougars touchdowns.

Smith, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury, scored on runs of 1, 12 and9 yards. It was the first time he has run for more than 100 yards since theopening game against Idaho. He carried 36 times for 130 yards and caught fourpasses for 85 yards.

Swogger finished 5-for-16 for 82 yards and two interceptions. Kegel, whoreinjured his right shoulder, was available to return but sat out the remainderof the game. He was 3-for-5 for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Tyler Elbell had 105 yards on 12 carries for UCLA. Matt Moore completed 11of 29 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice.

UCLA's only scoring in the first half was the result of Washington Stateturnovers. Receiver Scott Lunde was intercepted on a trick play and Sammy Moorefumbled a punt return, setting up Justin Medlock field goals of 46 and 32 yardsin the second quarter.

The Cougars scored first after Matt Moore was sacked and fumbled, forcing apunt. Smith caught a 47-yard pass from Kegel and then ran it in from the 1 forthe score.

Troy Bienemann caught a 32-yard touchdown from Kegel after Maurice Drewfumbled and Jason David recovered on the UCLA 35 for the Cougars.

Smith scored from 12 yards out after Craig Bragg fumbled a punt return andWSU's Jeremy Bohannon scooped up the ball and returned it 72 yards.

Four plays later, the Bruins muffed a punt snap and Chris Kluwe was tackledon the 9. Smith scored on the next play.

Matt Moore connected with Bragg on a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarterto make it 28-13.

Drew Dunning kicked a 42-yard field goal to complete Washington State'sscoring.

Eric Coleman intercepted Olson's pass at the goal line to end a late scoringthreat with 1:39 remaining.

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