Evan after holding a Heisman Trophy candidate to 117 yards, UCLA has too many weapons and pounds the Bears, 56-17, at the Rose Bowl Saturday.
UCLA's Heisman hopeful, tailback DeShaun Foster, had some Heisman-esque moments, including popping a Cal defender so hard he removed him from his helmet. UCLA's quarterback Cory Paus had a great deal of the spotlight Saturday night, throwing for 273 yards and three touchdowns
UCLA, though, started out the game pretty flat and sloppy, and Cal took advantage, scoring a field goal on his first possession drive, and taking a 10-6 lead on a second quarter toucdown catch by Charon Arnold. Cal sacked Paus five times in the first half.
But the Bears quickly began to unrival. Without starting quarterback Kyle Boller, sidelined by a back injury, reserve Eric Holtfreter filled in well, but it wasn't near enough to hold off the UCLA onslaught.
UCLA, with luck seemingly on its side this year, finished the second quarter scoring on a 34-yard TD pass from Paus to Foster, which sounds better than it was. Paus was hit as he was throwing, the ball wobbled out of Paus's hand 15 yards down the field only to land in a sprinting Foster's hand, who then beat two defenders to the end zone. UCLA went into halftime leading 21-10 and considering itself lucky.
UCLA then got more on track in the second half. Paus recorded two quick touchdown passes in the third quarter and blocked a Cal punt for a touchdown, outscoring Cal in the third quarter 21-0 and putting the game away.