Bruins Beat Ducks 34-26, Become Bowl Eligible
Nov. 13, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Third-string tailback Chris Markey ran for 131 yards tolead UCLA to a 34-26 victory over Oregon on Saturday.
Markey, playing because of an injury to starter Maurice Drew, also caughtfive passes for 84 yards to help the Bruins (6-4, 4-3 Pac-10) become bowleligible.
Senior tailback Manuel White added 82 yards and two touchdowns for UCLA, andDrew Olson threw for 212 yards and a touchdown.
Terrence Whitehead led the Ducks (5-5, 4-3) with 124 yards rushing.
Drew, who leads the Bruins in rushing, all-purpose yards and touchdowns,injured an ankle last week in the Bruins' loss to Washington State. Whitestarted in his place, but it was Markey who took the game over.
Markey, a true freshman, entered the game having rushed for only 199 yardson 30 career carries. But against the Ducks, he went over 100 yards when hetook his first carry of the second half 24 yards to give him 108. That driveeventually led to a 52-yard field goal by the Justin Medlock for a 24-10 lead.
Oregon scored the next 10 points on an 8-yard touchdown run by quarterbackKellen Clemens and a 38-yard field goal by Jared Siegel.
Still in the third quarter, Oregon had the Bruins pinned on their own 17facing a third-and-9 play when Olson hit Junior Taylor with an 8-yard pass thatthe receiver took 83 yards for the score and a 31-20 lead.
Oregon's Justin Phinisee returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown midwaythrough the fourth quarter, and though the 2-point conversion failed, the scoretrimmed the Bruins' lead to 31-26.
The Ducks couldn't stop the Bruins on their ensuing possession, as theyscored on a 50-yard field goal by Medlock for a 34-26 lead with 2:29 remainingin the game.
The Ducks' final drive stalled at the UCLA 40 when a fourth down pass fromClemens to Garren Strong was too high, giving the Bruins the ball back withjust over one minute to play.
Early on, it appeared as if Oregon's offense was going to have an easy dayagainst the Pac-10's last-place defense.
The Ducks needed only five plays to go 77 yards on their opening drive,capped by a 21-yard pass from Clemens to fullback Donte Rosario in the frontright corner of the end zone for a 7-0 Oregon lead.
But the Bruins struck back, as cornerback Trey Brown stepped in front of apass from Clemens intended for Kyle Weatherspoon and returned the interception43 yards for a touchdown with 5:42 to play in the first quarter.
On UCLA's next two drives, Markey set up short scoring runs by White withbig plays.
The first came on a 29-yard run by Markey to the Oregon 3-yard line,followed by White's run into the end zone to put UCLA up 14-7 with 8 secondsleft in the opening quarter.
On the Bruins first drive of the second quarter, Markey took a screen pass50 yards to the Oregon 2. Two plays later, White put UCLA up 21-7.
A 30-yard field goal by Oregon's Siegel made it 21-10 at halftime.