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Pac-10: Ducks outgun Bruins to remain undefeated

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© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002

PASADENA, Calif. -- Oregon and UCLA played another game that wasn't decided until the fourth quarter.

Jason Fife threw two touchdowns, including the winner on the first play of the fourth quarter, as the Ducks rallied to beat the Bruins 31-30 Saturday to improve to 6-0.

"Everybody thought we had not been tested all year, until now," said Oregon tailback Onterrio Smith, who had 152 yards on 25 carries. "This was great for our program."

Trailing 31-30, UCLA's Chris Griffith attempted a 46-yard field goal that sailed wide left with 1:54 left. Last season, his 50-yarder was short and wide in the final quarter of a 21-20 defeat.

The Ducks have beaten UCLA the past three times, and four of the past five games have been decided by five points or fewer.

The teams put on an offensive show, with the Bruins racking up 477 yards to Oregon's 383.

UCLA's Cory Paus was 17-of-31 for 316 yards and three touchdowns but also threw three interceptions. Sophomore Craig Bragg scored three touchdowns and had nine catches for 230 yards.

The Bruins tied the score at 24 on a 37-yard field goal by Griffith nine seconds into the third quarter. On the previous play, Paus was sacked and fumbled, but the Bruins recovered.

Paus and Bragg connected to give UCLA a 30-24 lead with 7:28 left in the third. Bragg made a one-handed catch at the line of scrimmage and ran 46 yards for the touchdown. But Griffith's extra point was blocked.

Later, the Bruins had fourth and 15 at the Oregon 28 when Griffith lined up for a 45-yard field goal. But UCLA faked it, and holder Garrett Lepisto's pass to Marcedes Lewis was short of the first down.

Oregon tied it at 30 with 14:46 left. Scrambling to get off a pass, Fife hit Keenan Howry, who ran 74 yards for the score.

"I looked over at Jason, and when he looked at me, I knew he was going to throw it to me. I just caught it and took off," Howry said. "Up to now, our passing game has not been needed. We executed our running game early, and it opened up the pass."

Jared Siegel's extra point proved the difference. He also kicked a school-record 59-yard field goal as time expired to give Oregon a 24-21 halftime lead.

WASHINGTON 32, ARIZONA 28: Reggie Williams scored three touchdowns, including the winner on an 80-yard pass from Cody Pickett with 2:03 left, for the host Huskies.

Williams caught eight passes for 184 yards as Washington came back from a loss last week to California that ended its 17-game home win streak.

Pickett completed 25 of 35 passes for 345 yards without an interception, leading Washington in a shootout against Arizona's Jason Johnson, who was 29-of-41 for 443 yards and three touchdowns.

Bobby Wade gave the Wildcats a 28-26 lead early in the fourth when he caught a pass from Johnson at Washington's 22, dodged two tackles and sprinted into the end zone.

After the Huskies forced a punt, they took over at their 20 with 2:20 left. Williams slipped under the defense, caught a pass and outran Clay Hardt and Sean Keel down the left sideline. The two-point conversion failed.

Arizona got to Washington's 39 on its final drive before Jimmy Newell broke up a fourth-and-6 pass.

USC 30, CAL 28: Sultan McCullough carried 39 times for 176 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown for the host Trojans.

McCullough scored on a 2-yard run to give the Trojans a 24-21 lead with 8:38 left in the third quarter. He rushed eight times for 38 of the 68 yards USC covered on the drive.

After falling behind 21-3, the Trojans trimmed it to 21-17 by halftime on two touchdown passes by Carson Palmer, the first of which appeared to be a phantom touchdown.

On third and goal from the Bears 6, Kareem Kelly made a diving catch in the back of the end zone. But the ball appeared to immediately slip from his grasp and bounce back into his arms. It was ruled a touchdown, however.

On the Trojans' next possession, Palmer engineered a 76-yard drive capped by his 21-yard pass to Mike Williams.

WASH. ST. 36, STANFORD 11: Jason Gesser passed for 297 yards and threw two of his three touchdowns to Jonathan Smith for the visiting Cougars.

Jerome Riley had nine receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars rolled to their fourth consecutive victory. After completing 17 of 23 passes despite his constantly sore ribs, Gesser sat out most of the fourth quarter in Washington State's largest victory over Stanford since 1961.

Jermaine Green rushed for a 42-yard touchdown less than four minutes into the game. The Cougars led 23-0 at halftime and the Cardinal did not threaten before only 30,750.

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