UCLA FB Rewind: Bruins Go Overtime to Secure Wins
October 17, 1998 – Oregon at UCLA
A Rose Bowl crowd of over 75,000 fans and the ESPN College GameDay crew witnessed UCLA's overtime win over unbeaten Oregon in a battle of top-15 ranked Pac-10 teams on another sunny day in Pasadena.
The Bruins started the game on fire and raced out to a 24-7 lead late in the first half. On a third-and-eight play, quarterback Cade McNown hit running back DeShaun Foster with a 51-yard scoring strike to put UCLA up 7-0. On the next drive, Foster found the end zone from one yard out to make it 14-0. Oregon put seven points on the board in the final minute of the first quarter on a 20-yard pass play.
Kicker Chris Sailer booted a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter and then McNown connected with wide receiver Danny Farmer for a six-yard scoring pass following an Oregon fumble. The Ducks tallied in the final seconds of the half to cut the UCLA margin to 24-14 at the break.
A McNown interception helped the Ducks record the first points of the second half and sliced the UCLA lead to 24-21. After an Oregon field goal tied the game, the Ducks scored again on a long pass play early in the fourth quarter to go ahead 31-24. It was the first time all season that the Bruin had trailed in the final 15 minutes of a game.
Four plays and 73 yards later the Bruins evened the score at 31-all on a two-yard run by running back Jermaine Lewis with just over 10 minutes remaining. After UCLA took possession with 2:39 to play, McNown went deep to Farmer for a 60-yard scoring pass on the first play of the possession. However, Oregon had time to answer and leveled the score at 38 on a scoring pass with just 22 seconds on the clock.
Needing a miracle to win in regulation, backup quarterback Drew Bennett came down with McNown's Hail Mary pass for a 53-yard gain to the Oregon four-yard line with just seconds to play. Sailer, who was nursing an injury throughout the day, misfired on the potential game-winning kick and the contest went to overtime.
Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo recorded a pair of sacks to ruin Oregon's initial possession of the extra period. UCLA took over and drove down to the Oregon six-yard line to set up Sailer for a second chance. His 24-yard kick split the uprights for the win. With the victory, UCLA improved to 5-0, 3-0 in Pac-10 action after winning its seventh straight contest against a ranked opponent and 15th straight game overall.
McNown threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Farmer caught seven passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores. Ayanbadejo and safety Marques Anderson led UCLA defenders with eight tackles each.
October 15, 2005 – UCLA at Washington State
For the third straight game in the 2005 season, the Bruins engineered a thrilling late comeback to pin a 44-41 defeat on Washington State. The victory marked UCLA's first win in Pullman, Wash. since the 1993 campaign and improved its overall record to 6-0 on the season.
The Cougars began the contest with touchdown drives on three of their first four possessions and enjoyed a 21-0 advantage early in the second quarter. A 21-yard aerial from Drew Olson to wide receiver Gavin Ketchum put the Bruins on the board at the 8:07 mark. WSU came right back and answered with a touchdown drive to reestablish the 21-point gap. Right before the halftime break, Olson targeted tight end Marcedes Lewis with a four-yard pass in the end zone to make it 28-14 at the half.
UCLA opened the second-half scoring with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Olson to running back Maurice Jones-Drew to reduce the deficit to 28-21. A Cougar field goal pushed the margin to 10 and was followed by a quarterback run for a score to up the WSU edge to 38-21 at the conclusion of the third quarter.
The Bruins dominated the fourth quarter of play making key plays on both sides of the ball. Olson connected with Lewis on another scoring pass, this one for nine yards, to kick start the Bruin comeback. Justin Medlock added a 36-yard field goal to bring the Bruins back within a touchdown at 38-31 with just under 10 minutes left to play.
As the clock ticked inside the five-minute mark, UCLA forced a Cougar punt. The subsequent Bruin drive began at their own 4-yard line with 4:52 to play. Lewis came up with a couple of big receptions on the march down the field and running back Chris Markey supplied a key run and a catch. With 44 seconds to play, Olson located wide receiver Marcus Everett in the end zone from nine yards out and Medlock's conversion leveled the score at 38-all.
Washington State tallied a field goal on the first possession of overtime. With the ball on the 15, Jones-Drew rushed for a five-yard gain and a facemask penalty moved the ball to the WSU five-yard line. Two more runs later and Jones-Drew was in the Cougar end zone completing the rally.
Olson tied the then-school record with five scoring passes on the day, completing 31 of 44 passing attempts for 338 yards. Jones-Drew finished with 187 total yards of offense. Linebacker Spencer Havner topped the defense with 10 tackles and Eric McNeal registered nine stops.
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