Bruins Beat Back Tide, 20-17

The UCLA football team goes to Tuscaloosa, lucks out with the weather, and overcomes the Alabama hype in beating the Crimson Tide, 20-17...

The UCLA Bruins traveled to Tuscaloosa, fought off the Alabama hype, and beat the Crimson Tide in the 2001 season opener, 20-17.

DeShaun Foster ran for 110 yards on 24 carries and Cory Paus connected with Tab Perry on a 53-yard touchdown pass as the 15th-ranked Bruins beat 25th-ranked Alabama.

Alabama wasn't sharp while beginning the era of new coach, Dennis Franchione. UCLA took advantage of two Alabama turnovers in the second half, converted them into 10 points, and then its defense held on for the win.

Alabama outgained UCLA 459-291 in overall yardage, and possessed the ball for seven minutes longer than the Bruins.

Paus completed only 8 passes in 22 attempts for 123 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Tab Perry stepped up into the spotlight, catching five balls for 113 yards.

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