Oregon 31

(7-4, 4-3 Pac-12)


(6-5, 4-3 Pac-12)

Coverage: ESPN

3:30 PM ET, November 15, 2003

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

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ORE 21 10 0 031
UCLA 3 3 0 713

Oregon 31, UCLA 13

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- With the regular season nearing an end and rivalry week approaching, Oregon is performing at its best.

And UCLA is playing at its worst.

Kellen Clemens passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Kenny Washington returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as the Ducks took command early in beating UCLA 31-13 Saturday.

Oregon went ahead for good when Jerry Matson returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown after just 72 seconds of play.

It was the first of three first-quarter TDs for the Ducks, and that turned out to be more than enough as they won for the first time in four games.

Oregon (7-4, 4-3 Pac-10) has virtually assured itself a bowl appearance. The Ducks entertain Oregon State next Saturday to complete the regular season.

The win also was Oregon's fourth straight over UCLA and third in as many years at the Rose Bowl. The previous two were by one point.

The Bruins (6-5, 4-3) have lost three in a row following a five-game winning streak. They play their final game next weekend against No. 2 Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

"What a bad day this was today," first-year UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. "Shoot, I don't even know where to begin. We were reeling right from the beginning.

"It's a shame we're playing this way at the end of the season."

The outcome wasn't in doubt after Oregon took a 21-3 lead in the opening 11{ minutes. The Ducks led 31-6 at halftime and held UCLA without a touchdown until the final seconds.

"At halftime, we just told them to make sure and have fun in the second half," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "I think it's great to get those scores with offense, defense and special teams."

Clemens completed 14-of-18 passes for 154 yards in the first half and was 21-of-27 overall without being intercepted. Samie Parker had six receptions for 82 yards.

"This was a complete win," Clemens said. "Special teams gave us great field position all game and seven points. Defense held them out until the waning seconds of the game. We're definitely on the right track to where we want to be going."

Jason Fife, who usually shares time with Clemens, entered the game for the first time with 3:37 remaining -- long after the outcome had been decided.

Dave Ball, who leads the country with 15{ sacks, got UCLA's only two of the game -- one on Clemens and one on Fife.

UCLA's Drew Olson completed 29 of 49 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He was sacked six times.

Craig Bragg had 10 receptions for 115 yards.

Olson was promoted to first-string ahead of Matt Moore, who started the previous three games at quarterback. The Bruins had been 5-1 in games started by Olson earlier in the season.

"I didn't move the team," Olson said. "I thought the offensive line did well; a couple of the sacks were my fault. We get into the red zone and it seems like a wall comes up."

UCLA's Tyler Ebell was the game's leading rusher with 68 yards on six carries including a 54-yarder that set up the first of two field goals by Justin Medlock.

After Matson gave the Ducks an early lead, Clemens threw a 40-yard pass to Parker to cap an 80-yard, 10-play drive, making it 14-0. The TD came one play after Clemens' 21-yard pass to Kyle Weatherspoon on a third-and-18 play.

Medlock's 35-yard field goal put UCLA on the scoreboard for the first time, but Washington scored his TD on the ensuing kickoff to put Oregon on top 21-3 with 3:35 left in the first quarter.

Jared Siegel kicked a season-long 51 yard field goal and Medlock answered with a 37-yarder in the second period. Clemens then threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tim Day to give Oregon its 25-point halftime lead.

Olson threw a 3-yard TD pass to Akil Harris with 12 seconds to play for the only scoring in the second half.

Medlock missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 32-yarder in the third period.

"We did the best we could," UCLA defensive tackle Rodney Leisle said. "It's frustrasting, especially when it's your last game in the Rose Bowl."

UCLA's final home game of the season was played before a disheartened crowd of 56,083 that booed the Bruins off the field at halftime.