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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000


USC kicks last-gasp FG to top Colorado

LOS ANGELES -- David Newbury, who missed two field-goal tries, kicked a 24-yarder with 13 seconds left to lift Southern Cal 17-14 over Colorado on Saturday.

Colorado's Mark Mariscal left the score tied when he was wide left on a 41-yard field goal attempt with 1:14 remaining.

Carson Palmer drove the Trojans 72 yards to the winning score, completing third-down passes of 23 yards and 19 yards to Kareem Kelly, with the second reception putting the ball at the Colorado 21.

Palmer threw for 275 yards and one touchdown for the Trojans and Kelly had 10 catches for 143 yards.

Colorado freshman tailback Marcus Houston rushed for 150 yards. He carried 25 times in place of injured Cortlen Johnson.

The Buffaloes' multiple lateral deep in their territory on the final kickoff did not work.

UCLA 24, FRESNO ST. 21: As expected, UCLA followed up its victory over Alabama by beating Fresno State. Barely.

DeShaun Foster ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and the Bruins withstood two late touchdown passes from David Carr to Charles Smith.

Foster scored on a 1-yard run on fourth and goal with 11:16 left, and a 49-yard burst less than 21/2 minutes later to give the Bruins a 24-7 lead.

Carr and Smith connected from 16 and 32 yards to make it a three-point game with five minutes to play.

The Bulldogs got the ball back with 2:39 left at their 34 and moved to the UCLA 43 before Carr fumbled a snap from center and Marques Anderson recovered with 1:17 left for the game's only turnover.

The Bruins, who drew raves after beating then-No. 3 Alabama 35-24, were given all they could handle by Fresno State. The Bulldogs outgained UCLA 275-270.

The UCLA passing game was spotty at best. Ryan McCann threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell in the first quarter, but was relieved by Scott McEwan after completing 12 of 23 passes for only 106 yards in the first half. McEwan was 5-of-10 for 29 yards while playing the second half.

OREGON ST. 28, NEW MEXICO 20: Ken Simonton rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Beavers.

Oregon State took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter on Jonathan Smith's 9-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Simonton put the game away with a 43-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left.

Oregon State stopped four fourth-quarter drives by the conservative New Mexico offense that played it safe in the first game at quarterback for Rudy Caamano, named the starter last week by coach Rocky Long.

The Beavers had 300 yards of offense to 172 for the Lobos.

California squeaks by Utah in its opener

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Kyle Boller threw for 209 yards and a touchdown as California held off Utah for a 24-21 opening victory Saturday.

Boller hit James Smith with a 12-yard pass, Saleem Muhammad scored on a 1-yard run and Joe Igber had a 13-yard touchdown dash for Cal. Mark-Christian Jensen added a 27-yard field goal.

Boller, who had shoulder surgery in November, completed 18 of 28 passes but threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

The Utes, who lost their opener last week to Arizona, scored on the interception return and Nick Morgan's 18-yard run in the final quarter.

Steve Smith added to Utah's final margin with a 26-yard punt return for a touchdown with 5:07 left. Golden Whetman attempted a 55-yard field goal as time ran out that fell well short.

Cal went up 7-0 with 3:50 left in the first quarter on Muhammad's short scoring dash.

The Utes, facing the second of three straight Pac-10 opponents, came out stale. Starter T.D. Croshaw passed for just 12 yards before he was replaced by Darnell Arceneaux with two seconds left in the first quarter.

Utah tied it at 7 in the second quarter when Lauvale Sape hit Boller's arm and the errant throw was intercepted by Andre Dyson, who ran untouched for a 58-yard touchdown.

Utah came close late in the first half, when Arceneaux's 4-yard pass to Steve Smith was ruled incomplete, although one official indicated it was a touchdown.

After a false-start penalty by the Utes, Cal cornerback Jameel Powell intercepted Arceneaux with a leaping catch in the end zone over intended receiver Dennis Smith.

Cal allowed the clock to run out and the score remained tied at halftime.

Utah fumbled on the opening series of the third quarter and Cal brought the ball back 44 yards in five plays, concluding with Boller's 12-yarder to Smith.

Steve Smith's 85-yard punt return with 5:21 to go in the quarter was called back by an illegal block in the back.

Igber's 13-yard dash came with 1:19 left in the quarter. He finished with 26 carries for 84 yards.

Cal center Reed Diehl went down with a sprained left knee. He was helped off the field by trainers, and later carted out of Memorial Stadium.

Jensen missed a 45-yard field goal on Cal's first series, but hit a 27-yarder with nine seconds left in the third quarter. Cal had just five field goals last season.

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