Streaking Bruins Romp Wildcats 37-17
Oct. 9, 2004
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. - Drew Olson threw three of his four touchdown passesto tight end Marcedes Lewis and UCLA rolled to a 37-17 victory over Arizona onSaturday.
The win was the fourth straight by the Bruins (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) after endinga six-game losing streak that included a five-game slump to end last season.
UCLA moved in front to stay when linebacker Chris Horton blocked DannyBaugher's punt and the ball bounced through the end zone for a safety just 1:45into the game.
The Bruins opened a 23-3 lead by halftime on the way to beating Arizona forthe fourth time in their last four meetings.
UCLA's defense, led by Spencer Havner, limited Arizona (1-4, 0-2) to NickFolk's 41-yard field goal in the first half.
The Wildcats, however, were able to run the ball on UCLA's young defensiveline, vulnerable so far this year.
Arizona's Mike Bell gained 134 yards on 21 carries, and backup tailbackChris Henry scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards in the third quarter.
The Wildcats held UCLA's Maurice Drew, averaging 167.25 yards rushing a gamethis year, to 22 yards on 11 carries.
Olson took up the slack by completing 17 of 25 passes for 234 yards. Heconnected with Lewis on scoring plays of 16, 12 and 18 yards.
The four touchdown passes were a career high for Olson. Lewis had careerhighs in receptions (six), yards (99) and TDs.
The powerful and agile 6-foot-6, 255-pounder made a circus catch on hisfirst touchdown and bulled his way through a pack of defenders for the second.
On Lewis' first touchdown, he went up in the back of the end zone, foughtwith safety Lamon Means for the ball, then juggled it before he fell forwardover Means, finally clutching the ball just inside the back line.
Later in the second quarter, he caught an Olson pass around the Arizona 3and bounced backward a couple of yards when he collided with cornerback AntoineCason. Lewis stumbled but put his hand down to keep from falling, then surgedforward.
As he churned his legs, two, then three, then four defenders tried to pushhim back. Finally, in what looked like a rugby scrum, he pushed across the goalline.
His third TD reception, an 18-yarder in the third quarter, was routine - acrossing pattern where he was in the open.
Although they could run the ball, the Wildcats lacked offensive balance.Kris Heavner went 13-of-24, but for only 93 yards. He threw one interception.
The Bruins, whose lone defeat this year was a 31-20 loss to Oklahoma Statein the season opener, took command early.
After getting the safety on the Wildcats' first possession, the Bruins drove71 yards to score on their first series, with fullback Michael Pitre turning ascreen pass into a 28-yard touchdown play.
The Wildcats, in their first season under coach Mike Stoops, have lost threein a row. They opened with a 21-3 victory over Northern Arizona, then lostclose games to Wisconsin (9-7) and Washington State (20-19).