No. 20 UCLA 47, No. 10 California 40
PASADENA, Calif. (AP)—California coach Jeff Tedford knew Maurice Drew could give the Golden Bears fits, and UCLA’s elusive runner did just that.
Drew scored five touchdowns, including an 81-yard punt return, and caught a 28-yard pass for the go-ahead score with 1:35 remaining to lift the No. 20 Bruins to a wild 47-40 victory over No. 10 Cal in Saturday’s match of unbeatens.
After giving the Bruins (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) a 41-40 lead with his catch-and-run, the Bruins’ stocky 5-foot-8, 205-pound tailback/punt returner added his third rushing touchdown on a 2-yard run as time expired.
“We let Maurice Drew get loose too many times,” Tedford said after the Bears (5-1, 2-1) lost for the first time in 13 regular-season games. “He runs the ball very well. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield, he’s a great kick returner.
“In open space with people spread out, the guy is very, very difficult to tackle.”
Drew accounted for 299 yards—162 on three punt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on a pair of receptions, and 20 on a kickoff return. The five touchdowns tied the UCLA record he set last year against Washington.
“He’s just one of those guys that, when the ball is in his hands, he makes plays,” said Karl Dorrell, off to the best start in his three seasons as the Bruins’ coach. “He wants to perform for (his teammates). He has incredible ability.”
After UCLA came from behind to win with a late touchdown for the second week in row, Drew said his teammates deserved a lot of credit for his big numbers.
“It isn’t just me. The blocking up front for me and down the field on punts is there for me,” the Bruins’ junior said. “Every time I get the ball, there’s a hole somewhere.”
The Bruins did block particularly well for Drew on his two long punt returns, setting up a wall that allowed him to sprint most of the way untouched.
A week after they scored in the waning minutes to pull out a 21-17 win over lightly regarded Washington, they came back from a 40-28 deficit early in the fourth quarter to beat the highly ranked Bears.
“We were lucky,” Drew said.
On the go-ahead score, he caught a swing pass from Drew Olson in the right flat and outraced defenders down the sideline and into the end zone.
Olson, who had taken the Bruins 75 yards down to the TD, was sacked on the try for a two-point conversion.
UCLA sealed the win when Trey Brown intercepted a Joe Ayoob pass at the Cal 23 with 1:19 remaining, the Drew finished the scoring.
The loss cost the Bears their best start in 55 years, dating to when Cal began 9-0 in 1950.
“There were a lot of plays to be made and we didn’t make them,” said Tedford, who has turned the Cal program around.
Olson went 17-of-33 for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and he scored on a quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter.
Justin Forsett rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown for Cal, and Marshawn Lynch carried 22 times for 135 yards and also scored a TD.
Ayoob completed 18-of-35 for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. DeSean Jackson had 10 catches for 128 yards and one score.
The Bears went up 40-28 early in the fourth quarter on Tom Schneider’s fourth field goal of the game, a 36-yarder. That was it for Cal, though.
Olson marched the Bruins 80 yards on their next series, capping the drive when he bulled in from the 1-yard line midway through the final quarter. UCLA picked up a key first down on the drive when they had fourth-and-2 at their own 42—Jarrad Page ran for 38 yards on a fake punt.
The Bruins led only once until the closing minutes. They went up 28-27 midway through the third quarter on Drew’s punt return for a TD, his third long return for a score this year.
Trailing 27-14, the Bruins closed on Drew’s 1-yard run 21 seconds before halftime, capping a 66-yard march that began with 4:07 left in the second quarter.
After UCLA came back from an early 14-0 deficit to even it on Drew’s 12-yard burst up the middle early in the second quarter, the Bears built their lead back to 27-14 lead on Ayoob’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Jackson and Schneider’s 27-yard field goal.
Drew’s 69-yard punt return put the ball at the Bears 4 to set up UCLA’s first touchdown. Olson rolled to his right and threw to Joe Cowan in the end zone to pull the Bruins within 14-7 with 4:20 remaining in the first half.
The Bears were up 14-0 before many of their fans had made it to their seats in the Rose Bowl
On Cal’s second play from scrimmage, Forsett burst up the middle, veered to the right sideline and was off on a 57-yard dash down to the UCLA 25. After a reverse to Jackson moved the ball to the 1-yard line, Forsett banged into the end zone to put the Bears on the board 2:15 into the game.
The Jackson carry to the 1 was reviewed, because he appeared to lose control of the ball as he tried to hold it across the goal line and the ball bounced out of bounds in the end zone. But officials said the review was inconclusive, so the play stood.
Cal quickly scored again, cashing in when Chris Markey fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the UCLA 15. Ayoob threw a 15-yard scoring pass to tight end Craig Stevens on the next play and the Bears led 14-0 with the game only 2:32 old.