San Diego State Falls To UCLA
Oct. 2, 2004
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Maurice Drew capped UCLA's opening drive with a 57-yard touchdown run and linebacker Spencer Havner returned an interception 52 yards for another score, leading the Bruins to a 33-10 victory over San Diego State on Saturday.
Coming off an off week, UCLA (3-1) extended its winning streak against San Diego State to 17 games and improved its overall record against the Aztecs to 19-0-1.
The Bruins converted three turnovers into 13 points, including two of Justin Medlock's career-high four field goals.
Drew Olson completed 14 of 29 passes for 158 yards, including a 23-yard scoring strike to Tab Perry that gave UCLA a 27-3 cushion with 11 minutes left in the third quarter. Perry had three receptions for 34 yards in place of starting receiver Craig Bragg, sidelined because of a dislocated left shoulder.
Drew carried 21 times for 161 yards. Two weeks ago, the sophomore tailback had scoring runs of 62, 58, 47 and 37 yards in a 37-31 victory at Washington - while tying a Pac-10 record with five touchdowns and rushing for a school-record 322 yards.
San Diego State (2-2) controlled the ball for the first 4:40 of the game, settling for a 36-yard field goal by Garrett Palmer. Just three plays later on third-and-3 on the UCLA 43, Drew bounced off a missed tackle by strong safety Josh Dean and galloped the rest of the way untouched to put the Bruins ahead to stay with 9:28 left in the first quarter.
Havner, a junior who was moved back to inside linebacker this season after playing the outside position last year, increased UCLA's lead to 14-3. He stepped in front of Matt Dlugolecki's short intended pass for Marcus Edwards on third-and-6 at the UCLA 49 and raced all the way to the end zone with nine minutes left in the half.
It was Havner's seventh career interception and third for a touchdown. He also picked off a pass last year in the Bruins' 20-10 win over the Aztecs, which was tied 3-3 at halftime.
Medlock extended the margin to 20-3 with second-quarter field goals of 22 and 40 yards, the latter coming 23 seconds before halftime. He also had a 43-yarder and a 44-yarder in the fourth.
Medlock's 22-yarder came four plays after San Diego State punter Michael Hughes mishandled the center snap and recovered his own fumble on the 13 for a 23-yard loss.
Dlugolecki was 23 of 42 for 215 yards and was intercepted twice. Michael Franklin had a combined 94 yards on 11 rushes and eight receptions. Wide receiver Jeff Webb caught seven passes for 71 yards and redshirt freshman Brandon Bornes scored on a 1-yard run with a minute left in the third quarter.
Despite the absence of starting defensive tackle C.J. Niusulu, who served a one-game suspension for violating UCLA's athletic department policy, the Bruins held San Diego State to just 2 yards rushing in the first half and 133 for the game. UCLA entered with the worst rushing defense in the Pac-10.