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PAC-10 briefs

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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2000


Oregon's defense hammers Bruins

EUGENE, Ore. -- UCLA ran into a roadblock.

Maurice Morris ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon beat UCLA 29-10 on Saturday for its 17th straight home victory and the Bruins' seventh road loss in a row.

"I don't consider it an upset, just a big win," Morris said.

Oregon dominated in almost every category, holding UCLA to minus-9 yards rushing in the conference opener for both teams.

UCLA was coming off a victory over then-No. 3 Michigan, and opened the season with a win over Alabama -- also No. 3 at the time.

"The atmosphere here was amazing," Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington said. "Right from the opening kickoff it was electric. I've been here for four years and it still gave me the chills."

Oregon never trailed, and the best UCLA could do was tie the at 10 midway through the third quarter.

Harrington did not score from the air, but led a balanced passing attack with 15 completions on 34 attempts, good for 153 yards to seven Oregon receivers. Keenan Howry led with five catches for 43 yards.

USC 34, SAN JOSE ST. 24: Carson Palmer led a late rally Saturday as the host Trojans scored three touchdowns in the final 8:07.

Petros Papadakis bulled 5 yards up the middle for the go-ahead score with 2:34 remaining as Southern Cal came back from a 12-point deficit.

Palmer, who completed 22 of 38 for 338 yards and two touchdowns, threw to Matt Nickels for the two-point conversion and a three-point pad over the Spartans.

Papadakis added an insurance touchdown -- his third of the game -- on a 3-yard run with 57 seconds left after Chris Cash intercepted a pass at the Spartans 30 and returned it to the 21.

OREGON ST. 35, SAN DIEGO ST. 3: Ken Simonton ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns for host Oregon State.

Simonton, who averaged 192 yards in Oregon State's opening victories over Eastern Washington and New Mexico, sat out most of the second half.

Nick Barnett recovered a fumble in the end zone, and Oregon State intercepted four passes and recovered three fumbles.

Jonathan Smith threw a 26-yard touchdown to Chad Johnson, and finished 14-for-27 for 172 yards.

San Diego State's Lon Sheriff was 15-for-30 for 156 yards. The Aztecs had 71 yards rushing, to 153 for Oregon State.

IDAHO 38, WASHINGTON ST. 34: John Welsh's 1-yard quarterback run with 40 seconds left lifted visiting Idaho.

Washington State took a 34-31 lead with three minutes left on quarterback Jason Gesser's 7-yard run.

But Welsh led Idaho on a 57-yard drive in nine plays. Washington State's final drive failed.

Welsh completed 22 of 36 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns, and was intercepted three times. Willie Alderson led Idaho with 113 rushing yards.

Gesser completed 15 of his 31 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

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