No. 8 UCLA Rallies Past Stanford In Overtime, 30-27
Oct. 29, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - UCLA is still unbeaten, thanks to the come-from-behind Bruins' most unlikely escape yet.
Maurice Drew ran for two late scores, including a 1-yard tumble across the goal line with 46 seconds left to force OT. Olson, soundly outplayed in the first 52 minutes by workout buddy Trent Edwards, went 24-of-35 for 293 yards and two TDs while leading his latest jaw-dropping comeback.
UCLA (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) has specialized in fantastic finishes during conference play, rallying from consecutive deficits against Washington, California and Washington State earlier in October - but none was as dramatic or unlikely as the escape at Stanford Stadium.
Edwards passed for 169 yards and two scores for the Cardinal (4-3, 3-2), who blew a golden opportunity to make a national mark in their first season under new coach Walt Harris. J.R. Lemon had two TD catches, but the Stanford defense gave up 200 yards in the fourth quarter after allowing just 147 in the first three.
Olson led fourth-quarter scoring drives of 65, 72 and 66 yards - and all three took a combined 3:40. Joe Cowan caught a 31-yard TD pass with 4:43 to play, and Drew shook off a knee injury to score on UCLA's final play of regulation.
Michael Sgroi kicked a field goal on Stanford's overtime possession - but on UCLA's second play, Olson hit Breazell with a perfect fade into the corner of the end zone. The Bruins and their large cheering section celebrated wildly, throwing helmets and jumping around, while the Cardinal stood in disbelief.