PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The No. 20 UCLA Bruins escaped with a
win -- and a lesson.
"We got a wake-up call. We learned we're not as good as we
think we are," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said after the Bruins
scored with 1:08 remaining to pull out a 21-17 victory over
Washington on Saturday night.
Drew Olson threw for a pair of second-half touchdowns and took
No. 20 UCLA on a long scoring march in the closing minutes to rally
the Bruins from a 17-7 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
Maurice Drew dived over from the 1-yard line to give the heavily
favored Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) their first lead of the game.
"It was good for us," Olson said after the Bruins survived
their first real scare of the season. "It was gut-check time being
down 10-0 at halftime. It was nice to see how the guys responded,
and hopefully we can build character from it. A couple of times we
found ourselves getting tight and jumping offsides."
The Bruins were penalized 13 times for 110 yards, Olson threw a
pair of first-half interceptions, and the Huskies' defense held
UCLA's running game in check, including limiting Drew to 33 yards
on 14 carries.
"Most of the game, we kept their offense bottled up. But we
didn't finish, and they did, and that was the difference," said
first-year Washington coach Tyrone Willingham, who went 3-4 against
UCLA when he coached at Stanford.
"They came up and found a way to make some plays. We did some
good things, too, but obviously not enough of them. We have yet to
find the right formula to win."
Olson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis early in
the third quarter, added a 1-yarder to Michael Pitre on the first
play of the fourth quarter, then guided the Bruins on a 73-yard
drive to the winning score.
After going 9-of-18 for 77 yards and throwing the two
interceptions in the first half, Olson finished 29-of-44 for 287
yards and the two touchdowns.
He completed six consecutive passes after missing on his first
attempt of the final drive, including a 39-yarder to Marcus Everett
that moved the ball down to the Washington 20. Drew scored three
"Our guys just started to turn it up and we started to make
some plays," Olson said of the drive. "We called some plays that
we hadn't called throughout the game."
Drew called it "a heart drive."
Washington had a 50-yard scoring run by Louis Rankin nullified
by a holding call late in the game and the Huskies instead had to
punt the ball away with 3:39 remaining. Olson then took the Bruins
down to their third touchdown.
The win was the Bruins' fifth in a row against the Huskies, and
their eighth in the last nine meetings.
The Huskies' defense essentially shut down Drew, who ran for a
UCLA record 322 yards and five touchdowns in the Bruins' 37-31
come-from-behind win in Seattle last year. He did have an apparent
65-yard touchdown on a punt return called back in the second
quarter of the victory this time.
Kenny James ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give Washington a
10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Evan Knudson, who later was short from 55 yards and wide left
from 28 yards, put the Huskies on the board with his 18-yard field
goal in the opening quarter.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Maurice Drew dove into the end zone with one minute left to complete UCLA's comeback.
Gameball goes to... Drew Olson, who rallied from a bad first half to throw two second-half TDs for the Bruins.
Stat of the game... 10: The Huskies have dropped 10 straight Pac-10 games.