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Pac-10: Rally keeps UCLA unbeaten

Associated Press
Published October 30, 2005


STANFORD, Calif. - Maurice Drew and Marcedes Lewis sat at their lockers and looked at each other in disbelief. UCLA was down and disheveled at halftime, its powerful offense sputtering and its perfect season in big trouble.

Two hours later, Drew and Lewis looked at each other again with even more amazement - because UCLA was still unbeaten, thanks to the cardiac Bruins' most unlikely escape yet.

Brandon Breazell caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Drew Olson in overtime after No. 8 UCLA scored 21 points in the final 7 minutes, 4 seconds of regulation to stun Stanford 30-27 on Saturday.

UCLA has specialized in fantastic finishes during conference play, rallying from double-digit deficits against Washington, California and Washington State earlier in October. But none was as dramatic or unlikely as the Bruins' escape from Stanford Stadium.

"It doesn't seem real. I still can't believe what we did," said Drew, who ran for two late scores, including a 1-yard tumble across the goal line with 46 seconds left to force overtime.

"My heart hurts right now. I'm emotionally drained," said Lewis, the Bruins tight end who was held to three receptions. "It's going to be tough to sleep. ... Every time I looked at (Drew) or any other players, that fire was still in their eyes. We weren't going down like this - not here, not to Stanford."

Olson, soundly outplayed in the first 52 minutes by workout buddy Trent Edwards, went 24-of-35 for 293 yards and two touchdowns while leading his latest jaw-dropping comeback. He 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 touchdown pass with 4:43 to play, and Drew shook off a bruised right knee to score on UCLA's final play of regulation.

No. 1 Southern Cal 55, Washington State 13

LOS ANGELES - Matt Leinart passed for 364 yards and three touchdowns before coming out late in the third quarter, LenDale White rushed for 155 yards and two scores, and host USC took command early in winning its 30th straight game.

Playing before a homecoming crowd of 92,021 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Trojans tied Texas for the 11th longest winning streak in major college football history. Only three teams have won as many as 30 in a row in the past 35 years.

ARIZONA 29, OREGON STATE 27: Freshman Willie Tuitama threw for 335 yards in his first career start as the Wildcats won their first conference game of the season.

Matt Moore threw for 436 yards for the Beavers, but had six interceptions and a fumble as Oregon State lost to the Wildcats at home for the first time since 1998.

Michael Thomas, another freshman, had 162 yards receiving and Anthony Johnson added 117 for Arizona.

ARIZONA STATE 44, WASHINGTON 20: Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start as the host Sun Devils ended a three-game skid.

All three touchdown passes were to Matt Miller, for 12, 69 and 10 yards. Miller, a senior, had five catches for a career-high 139 yards.

Carpenter was playing in place of Sam Keller, who is out for the season with ligament damage in his right thumb.