PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The "other" college quarterback in Los
Angeles is pretty good too.
UCLA's Drew Olson, who plays in the shadow of USC Heisman winner
Matt Leinart, threw for a school record six touchdowns Saturday in
a 51-28 victory over Oregon State.
A week earlier, Olson tied Cade McNown's UCLA mark of five
scoring passes in a game. Leading No. 8 UCLA (4-0 Pac-10) to a 7-0
start that is its best in seven years, Olson has thrown for 21
touchdowns with only three interceptions.
Before the outburst against the Beavers (4-3, 2-2), Olson had
rallied the Bruins from late deficits against Washington,
California and Washington State.
"The game has slowed down for Drew. As long as he keeps doing
what he's doing, I don't see us losing anytime soon," said UCLA
tight end Marcedes Lewis, who caught two short passes for
Olson wasn't even assured of playing for the Bruins this year,
or if he would keep the No. 1 job. The senior underwent surgery on
his left knee last January, then came to fall camp battling highly
regarded newcomer Ben Olson (no relation) for the starting job.
"This is the most I've been at ease, in a good way, not being
overly relaxed," Drew Olson said. "I just feel confident. I feel
like my game has been getting to a point where it needs to be and
where I expected it to be."
Ben Olson made his debut late in the game and threw an
incompletion on his only pass.
Drew Olson completed scoring throws of 43 and 20 yards to
Maurice Drew, 2 and 3 yards to Marcedes Lewis, 48 yards to Ryan
Moya and 46 yards to Brandon Breazell.
The record touchdown came on a perfectly thrown ball that
Breazell, in full stride, caught over his shoulder for the Bruins'
final touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Drew Olson completed 16-of-24 for 262 yards. In the first half,
he threw two scoring strikes to Drew, one to Moya and another to
Lewis as the Bruins built a 31-14 lead.
The Bruins' quarterback wasn't the only one providing firepower
for the Bruins. Drew accounted for 250 yards and two touchdowns on
Drew, bouncing off some tacklers, bowling over others, then
turning on the speed in the open field, rushed 21 times for 120
yards, including a 29-yarder when he seemed to be stacked up at the
line but squirted free to set up UCLA's fourth touchdown.
The 5-foot-8, 205-pounder made three catches for 67 yards and
two touchdowns, and returned two punts for 63 yards, including
breaking out of a crowd on a 59-yard return that set up the Bruins'
"UCLA has a very good offense and they're very balanced,"
Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "Maurice Drew is an excellent
player, their tight end (Lewis) is good and so is their
Former UCLA quarterback Matt Moore, running back Yvenson Bernard
and receiver Mike Hass helped the Beavers move the ball on the
Bruins as well.
Moore, who lost the UCLA job to Olson late in the 2003 season
and eventually transferred to Oregon State, went 15-of-25 for 279
and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.
"It was cool coming back here, nice to be back playing at the
Rose Bowl," Moore said. "It was not a big deal. I was just
playing a football game."
Bernard, a hard-running 5-foot-9, 205-pound sophomore, carried
31 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Hass had seven catches
for 199 yards and two scores.
Moore got his team off to a quick start, completing a 48-yard
throw to Hass down to the UCLA 37, then connecting with Hass on a
15-yard scoring pass three plays later. UCLA came right back to tie
it on an 83-yard drive capped when Olson rolled far to his right,
whirled and hit Drew in stride streaking down the left sideline for
a 43-yard TD.
After Spencer Havner intercepted a Moore throw and returned it
10 yards to the Oregon State 20 on the next series, Justin
Medlock's 27-yard field goal gave the Bruins a 10-7 lead. They led
the rest of the way.
UCLA went ahead early for a change after needing late comebacks
to pull out wins in the previous three games.
Medlock was good on three field goals, a 47-yarder in the third
quarter and a 37-yarder in the fourth.