What They're Saying...

What the media, players, and coaches are saying about the Bruins 8-point win over Oregon State on Saturday.

UCLA bursts Beavers' title hopes with 43-35 win
Barring unprecedented good fortune, Oregon State won't claim the Pac-10 championship this year. The question: Do the Beavers have enough to make it a successful season?

UCLA's 43-35 victory Saturday leaves the Beavers, 4-0 through the first month against non-conference competition, 0-2 in Pac-10 play. No team has ever won the conference title with two losses. Kerry Egers, Portland Tribune



Beavers’ defense allows 625 yards
Nick Barnett heard the number and shook his head. Oregon State’s strong side linebacker never expected the Beavers to give up 625 total yards to UCLA.

The fact that OSU’s defense was on the field for 86 plays told part of the tale, but the Beavers weren’t offering any excuses following Saturday’s 43-35 loss.

“If I wasn’t surprised, I shouldn’t even be playing,” Barnett said of UCLA’s 625 total yards. “Six hundred yards, man, that’s disappointing.”...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal



UCLA deals Oregon State its second conference loss
Oregon State came into Saturday’s game as a question mark: Were the Beavers going to be Pacific-10 Conference contenders or pretenders?

UCLA (4-1, 1-0 Pac-10) provided a definitive answer with a 43-35 victory before 36,529 fans at sold-out Reser Stadium.

With two Pac-10 losses to open conference play, the Beavers’ Rose Bowl dreams likely have vanished...Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal



Two big plays get OSU off to fast start
Oregon State wanted to score early Saturday to rebound from the previous week's 22-0 loss at USC. The Beavers did just that, completing two scoring plays of 80 yards or more on the game's first two possessions.

On the first play from scrimmage, tailback Steven Jackson took a pitch from Derek Anderson and ran 80 yards down the right sideline. On UCLA's first drive, OSU linebacker Nick Barnett blocked a field goal attempt by Chris Griffith and OSU's Dennis Weathersby caught the rebound and ran 83 yards to the end zone to give the Beavers a 13-0 lead...Rachel Bachman, Oregonian




Beavers can't keep pace with Bruins
Same song. Different dance.

Oregon State's much-hyped defense was victimized by its own offense ... again ... and the Beavers paid for it ... again.

The Beavers secured 14 points in the first 5 1/2 minutes and not a point more until the fourth quarter as UCLA forced the OSU defense to spend more than 40 minutes on the Reser Stadium turf, piled up 625 yards and buried Oregon State in a 43-35 avalanche of offense...Bob Rodman, Register Guard



Bruins offense rolls over Beavers
UCLA wanted to accomplish two things Saturday afternoon. First, get a win in its Pac-10 Conference opener. Second, knock Oregon State out of the race for the league title.

Well, goal No. 1 was certainly attained, as the Bruins beat the Beavers 43-35 at Reser Stadium. As for goal No. 2, the loss did drop Oregon State to 0-2 in the Pac-10. Whether a team can win the league with two losses remains to be seen, but the odds are against it...Chris Hansen, Register Guard



Down early, UCLA doesn't flinch
Reser Stadium fans are used to seeing a small tailback play hero on Saturdays -- but not when he wears the opponent's colors.

Tyler Ebell, a redshirt freshman told by many recruiters he was too small to play his position, tore through Oregon State's defense to rally UCLA to a 43-35 Pacific-10 Conference victory...Abby Haight, Oregonian



Beavers' hopes go south: 0-2 against L.A.
After their first four games, the Oregon State Beavers were masterful. After their fifth, they were dreadful. After their sixth, the Beavers made a case for something that might be more difficult to digest.

In the Pacific-10 Conference, the Beavers just might be mediocre.

Talented but unproven UCLA dominated Oregon State on Saturday in front of 36,529 at Reser Stadium, winning 43-35 in a game that was not that close. The Bruins (4-1, 1-0 Pac-10) racked up 625 yards against the Beavers, handing them their third home loss in 31/2 years and all but knocking them out of the conference title race...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



Beavers upended by UCLA, 43-35
Redshirt freshman Tyler Ebell had 29 carries for 203 yards and Cory Paus threw for 378 yards and a score as UCLA held off a late Oregon State rally for a 43-35 victory Saturday.

Mike Seidman had eight catches for 138 yards and a touchdown and Ricky Manning ran back an interception 33 yards for another TD in the Pac-10 opener for the Bruins (4-1, 1-0)...OSUBeavers.com



Despite big plays, Oregon State can’t sustain early lead
There is nothing that kick-starts a struggling offense like a long touchdown run on the first play of the game.

Tailback Steven Jackson provided Oregon State with just such a confidence-builder, dashing 80 yards to pay dirt on a toss sweep that gave the Beavers a 7-0 lead 17 seconds into Saturday’s Pacific-10 Conference game against UCLA...Don Hunt, Mail Tribune



Six games into the season, the Oregon State football team is stumbling across plenty of questions and finding fewer answers.

Last week, the Beavers offense, which was averaging nearly 48 points a game, hit the wall against a tough Southern California defense. The Beavers stayed close for most of the game while their defense stayed on the field for most of the game before finally giving way in a 22-0 loss...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Burins make OSU's head spin
If you expected Richard Seigler to play spin doctor, or to spew some out some bogus sound bite in a feeble attempt at damage control, then you just don't know Oregon State's junior middle linebacker.

He's about responsibility. When the opposing offense controls the football for more than 40 minutes and absolutely flattens what was advertised as one of the finest defenses in the Pacific-10 Conference for 34 points and 627 yards, there can be no excuses...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



Blocked field goal had OSU off and running
The Beavers got off to a quick start in Saturday's 43-35 loss to UCLA, scoring two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game.

Steven Jackson scored on an 80-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. The Bruins came back with a drive to the OSU 27 and Chris Griffith lined up for a field goal attempt.

Linebacker Nick Barnett angled in and threw himself in the air as Griffith's foot struck the ball...Kevin Hampton, Mid Valley Sunday



Ebell runs wild in UCLA victory
Finally given the opportunity to showcase his talents, Ventura's Tyler Ebell came through with flying colors for UCLA on Saturday.

Ebell, a redshirt freshman who won the equivalent of the high school Heisman Trophy two years ago, ran for 203 yards on 29 carries, including a key 73-yarder, and scored a touchdown as UCLA defeated Oregon State 43-35. Ebell also caught one pass for 10 yards...Inside Ventrua County



Ebell, Paus rescue UCLA from itself
Anyone who witnessed UCLA's 43-35 victory Saturday afternoon over Oregon State knows that the Pacific-10 Conference standings, with Washington State atop them with two victories, are quite simply incorrect.

The Bruins, who opened conference play with a victory here for the second year in a row, not only beat the Beavers once. They did it twice. Then a third time. And a fourth.

And they get credit for only one?...Billy Witz, LA Daily News



Down early, UCLA roars back for KO victory
When they were down two touchdowns, when the running back was hurt and the defense looked shot and only six minutes had elapsed, a train whistled just past the northeast corner of Reser Stadium.

The UCLA Bruins revved their little engines that could. They weren't going to lose to another team USC had beaten, and they weren't going to ride out of town on anyone else's rail.

UCLA steamed through Oregon State on Saturday with an all-around offensive onslaught that set records and kicked caboose, 43-35. The Pac-10 opening victory was significant mostly because the Bruins (4-1) were derailed before they got untracked...Lee Jenkins, Orange County Register



Some Quick-Change Artistry Lifts Bruins
Adversity came early for UCLA, the way a man steps out of bed and trips on the dog, then regroups only to spill coffee on his tie.

Tough start, but the rest of the day awaits, doesn't it?

There is plenty of time for atonement in a football game too, as the Bruins discovered in a rollicking 43-35 victory over Oregon State on Saturday...Steve Henson, LA Times



Here he comes to save UCLA's day
Tyler Ebell raised his left sleeve to reveal his tattoo.

Mighty Mouse.

Small but powerful. That's Ebell.

He is no more than 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, a redshirt freshman who was averaging just over three carries a game until Saturday...Robyn Norwood, LA Times

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