3:30 PM ET, November 6, 2004
Rose Bowl, PASADENA, CA
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Washington State's Jerome Harrison turned the game into a personal homecoming.
The running back dashed and darted his way for 247 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to power the underdog Cougars to a 31-29 victory over UCLA.
During his busy afternoon, the transfer from junior college in Pasadena also set a school record by carrying the ball 42 times.
"I didn't even know about the record. When the coach told me, I thought he was joking," Harrison said.
"This is my home away from home. My family was here, so this game really meant something to me."
Harrison, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior, scored on runs of 25, 45 and 10 yards, but even with his outstanding performance, the Cougars (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) barely held off UCLA (5-4, 3-3).
The Bruins failed on a 2-point conversion try with 42 seconds remaining when Drew Olson threw incomplete.
Washington State's Steve Broussard previously held the WSU record, with 41 carries against Oregon in 1989. Harrison's 247 yards were the most by a WSU runner since 1984, when Rueben Mayes rushed for 357 yards against Oregon. That stands as a school record.
"Our offensive line really stepped up," Harrison said. "I love them to death. You could run with a blindfold on, the way our offensive line blocked."
Harrison's first TD came one play after the Bruins fumbled the opening kickoff and WSU recovered at the 25.
Cougars coach Bill Doba thought that was a good sign.
"Once Jerome started doing what he did early, I just stuck with him," Doba said.
The Cougars rolled up 506 yards to snap a four-game losing streak. UCLA's defense, which had shut out Stanford in a 21-0 win a week earlier, obviously was porous.
There obviously was some dissension on the Bruins' defense.
"UCLA began bickering with each other. That's when we knew we had the game," WSU tackle Calvin Armstrong said.
The Bruins' offense sputtered much of the game and finished with 308 yards. UCLA (5-4, 3-3) lost to WSU for the fourth consecutive time.
Redshirt freshman Alex Brink, making his third start since Josh Swogger went out for the year with an injury, completed 17 of 27 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown for the Cougars. He threw no interceptions.
Olson went 18-of-39 for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the Bruins, both in the fourth quarter. He threw one interception and lost a fumble.
Craig Bragg had five catches for 28 yards to set a UCLA record for career receptions. He has 180, one more than Kevin Jordan in 1992-95.
Olson's second touchdown, a 4-yarder to Manuel White, drew UCLA within two points. After White made a sensational, one-handed grab of the ball thrown behind him at the goal line, the Bruins called a time-out to set up their conversion play.
Olson scrambled to the right on an option, was hemmed in by linebacker Scott Davis, then heaved a desperation pass into a crowd in the middle of the field. The ball was tipped and dropped to the ground.
"I'd rather lose by 50," Olson said.
On the conversion try, "They basically mugged us. They got us and that was that," Olson said.
With the Bruins trailing 31-16, he found Tab Perry open across the middle and hit him in stride on a 47-yard touchdown play 1:26 into the final quarter.
Harrison scored his third touchdown on a slashing 10-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter to give Washington State a 31-16 lead. A Brinks-to-Jason Hill pass covered 56 yards down to the UCLA 27.
The Cougars' first two TDs came after UCLA turnovers, including a fumble by Perry on the opening kickoff.
After Jeremy Bohannon picked off an Olson throw at the WSU 6 and returned it to the 30 to stop a UCLA threat, Harrison ran 45 yards to make it 14-7 late in the first quarter.
The Cougars took only 18 seconds to go up 7-0. Jesse Taylor recovered Perry's fumble at the UCLA 25, and Harrison swept right and into the end zone on the next play.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-21||4-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|TD||14:42||JEROME HARRISON 25 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 25 yards.
|TD||6:41||BRIGHAM HARWELL 0 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)||7||7|
|TD||0:34||JEROME HARRISON 45 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||8:50||JASON HILL 18 YD PASS FROM ALEX BRINK (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 90 yards.
|FG||5:34||JUSTIN MEDLOCK 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yards.
|FG||9:29||JUSTIN MEDLOCK 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 41 yards.
|FG||3:59||GRAHAM SIDERIUS 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 22 yards.
|FG||1:24||JUSTIN MEDLOCK 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 34 yards.
|TD||14:48||JEROME HARRISON 10 YD RUN (GRAHAM SIDERIUS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||13:24||TAB PERRY 47 YD PASS FROM DREW OLSON (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||0:42||MANUEL WHITE JR. 4 YD PASS FROM DREW OLSON (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yards.