Buffaloes Stampede Bruins, 31-17

Colorado rolled up 325 yards rushing, led by tailback Chris Brown's 188 yards, to run right over UCLA at the Rose Bowl Saturday, 31-17...

UCLA (2-1) couldn't stop Colorado, which amassed 27 first downs and 471 yards of total offense. Colorado was coming off its worst defeat in 10 years, losing to USC at home 40—3 last week, in a game where the Buffaloes only gained 61 total yards and four first downs for the entire game.

Colorado played without its starting quarterback, Craig Ochs, who remains sidelined due to a concussion. Backup Robert Hodge, who completed only one pass last week, was 11 of 22 for 117 yards.

Both teams started off slowly, until UCLA scored in the second quarter on a receiver pass from Jon Dubravac to Craig Bragg to make the score 7-0.

Colorado's running game then got on track, capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by Brown. Colorado ended the half with a field goal and went into halftime ahead, 10-7.

The second half was a one-sided affair. Colorado mounted two scoring drives while its defense stopped UCLA's offense. The Buffaloes's 41-yard drive was finished by a 7-yard touchdown run by Brown after Colorado's Kory Mossoni intercepted a Cory Paus pass. Colorado converted the 2-point conversion. UCLA responded with a field goal, and Colorado led 21-13.

The fourth quarter saw Colorado continue to run through UCLA's defense. The Buffaloes scored a field goal and touchdown (Brown again, on an 8-yard run) on two successive drives to put the game out of reach. UCLA scored a touchdown, a 5-yard pass from Paus to Craig Bragg, with 4:12 left in the game.

UCLA's Cory Paus completed 21 of 35 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown, while being sacked three times. UCLA, which was averaging over 200 yards a game on the ground in its first two games, could only gain 62 yards on 28 carries. Manuel White led the Bruins in rushing with 36 yards.


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