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Pac-10: Ground attack sparks floundering CU

©Associated Press
September 22, 2002

PASADENA, Calif. -- A week after being handed its most lopsided loss in 10 years by one Los Angeles school, Colorado vented its frustration on the other.

Chris Brown ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as the Buffaloes upset UCLA 31-17 to snap the Bruins' nine-game winning streak against nonconference opponents.

Playing without starting quarterback Craig Ochs, the Buffaloes were held to four first downs and 61 yards in a 40-3 loss to No. 11 Southern California last weekend.

They got 27 first downs and 471 yards against the Bruins, who had 20 first downs and 284 yards.

"At least this week, I'm not going to go home and kick my dog," coach Gary Barnett said. "I can't compare USC and UCLA because last week our team didn't show up. It's hard to get your guys up to play a team that showed on film the way we showed."

"We got insulted last week, both on and off the field. Our guys challenged each other. That was the Colorado Buffalo team I'm used to seeing and being around."

Ochs remained sidelined because of a concussion, but his absence was not as critical, as Robert Hodge was effective in his second start. And Colorado's offensive line dominated, especially in the second half.

Hodge completed 11-of-22 for 117 yards and made a 29-yard reception on a trick play, but the story was Brown and the rest of the Colorado ground game, which had 325 yards on 51 carries.

UCLA's Cory Paus completed 21-of-35 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown with one interception and was sacked four times.

"We were worn down, and they banged on us pretty good," coach Bob Toledo said. "They did a great job controlling both lines of scrimmage. Last week, they misfired, and this week they were running on all cylinders."

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OREGON 41, PORTLAND 0: Onterrio Smith ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Jason Fife threw for two for the host Ducks. Oregon got its first shutout since November 1992, when the Ducks beat Oregon State 7-0 during a storm.

Division I-AA Portland State filled in for Michigan, which rescheduled for 2007.

Smith scored on runs of 25 and 3 yards and became the first Oregon player to gain at least 100 yards in the first four games of the season. Fife passed for 179 yards, completing 13-of-20.

"After being held down for so long with my hamstring injury, it felt good," Smith said. "When I got to the sideline, I told coach I was back."

Reserve tight end Nate LiaBraaten scored the final touchdown on an 8-yard throw from backup quarterback Kellen Clemens with 5:12 to play.

Jared Siegel kicked the longest field goal of his career, just clearing the crossbar from 52 yards out.

Portland State quarterback Juston Woods was 14-of-27 for 134 yards and two interceptions, and kicker Mike Cajal-Willis had a field-goal attempt blocked by Oregon linebacker Kevin Mitchell, who sacked Woods for a fumble.

WASH. ST. 45, MONTANA ST. 28: Jermaine Green ran for two touchdowns and caught another for the host Cougars. Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser left in the third quarter after injuring his upper ribs and the shoulder of his right, throwing arm and did not return. Montana State quarterback Tyler Thomas completed 26-of-45 for 290 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Junior Adams caught 11 passes for 181 yards and two TDs for the I-AA Bobcats.

Green, a backup who has practiced sparingly because of a knee injury, had 123 yards on 25 carries.

Devard Darling, who transferred from Florida State, caught two touchdowns from Gesser, who completed 10-of-15 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Kegel took over for Gesser and led the Cougars on a 75-yard scoring drive. Kegel left with a right knee injury, and Chris Hurd took over.

AIR FORCE 23, CALIFORNIA 21: Chance Harridge rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns, and Jeff Overstreet tipped away Kyle Boller's 2-point conversion pass attempt with 31 seconds to lift visiting Air Force.

The Falcons rushed for 295 yards, and their defense kept surprising Cal out of the end zone until the final minute.

Mark Jensen kicked a school-record five field goals for the Bears, who got their first loss under new coach Jeff Tedford. Cal has not had a winning season since 1993.

Boller completed just 13-of-37 for 216 yards. The senior quarterback was inconsistent, but many passes were dropped, at least 12.

OREGON ST. 59, FRESNO ST. 19: Steven Jackson rushed for 227 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the host Beavers. Derek Anderson added 214 yards passing and three TDs. Oregon State had three interceptions for a nation-best 11 for the season. Jeff Grady completed 15-of-36 for 191 yards. He missed Fresno State's past two games after bruising his hip in the season-opening loss to Wisconsin.

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