Bruins Beat Back Beavers, 43-35

UCLA travelled to Corvallis Saturday and gained 625 total yards on offense, and needed all of it to overcome their own mistakes and the pesky Beavers, 43-35...

Behind a potent offense that gained 625 total yards, UCLA beat back the pesky Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis Saturday, 43-35.

Cory Paus had his best day ever as a Bruin, completing 24 passes on 32 attempts for 378 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Paus, with his performance, moved to second on the all-time UCLA career passing yardage list, overcoming Tom Ramsey.

With #1 tailback Manuel White on the bench with a hamstring pull, diminutive third-stringer Tyler Ebell stepped in and stepped up, rushing for 203 yards on 29 carries.

UCLA's defense kept Oregon State's offense in control for most of the day. OSU's quarterback Dereke Anderson struggled, completing just 16 throws on 42 attempts with two interceptions.

UCLA, in fact, was mostly its own opponent for most of the day. The first play from scrimmage, OSU's tailback Steven Jackson ran 80 yards for a touchdown untouched. On UCLA's first possession, a Chris Griffith field goal was blocked, scooped up and returned and returned 83 yards for a touchdown by OSU's Dennis Weathersby. UCLA, then found itself down 14-0 with Oregon State having only had one offensive play from scrimmage.

And even once UCLA got on track, starting to move the ball and score points on offense, and shut down OSU on the other side of the ball, they still kept the Beavers in the game more than the Beavers did. In the fourth quarter, an offsides penalty on a fourth down gave the ball back to OSU, which resulted in a drive for a touchdown. UCLA defensive end Dave Ball was flagged for a personal foul and kicked out of the game after throwing a punch, and the penalty helped sustain another OSU scoring drive. UCLA chose to sneak the ball with Paus on fourth-and-one from the OSU 49, when they were up by 15 points in the fourth quarter, and failed. UCLA's linebacker Spencer Havner intercepted the pass to seemingly end another OSU fourth quarter drive, but then quickly fumbled the ball to have it picked up by OSU. UCLA's running back Akil Harris also gave the Beavers some breath when he fumbled the ball and OSU's defensive end Noah Happe picked it up and ran 19 yards for a touchdown.

On the other hand, UCLA dominated the game, on both sides of the ball. UCLA gained 247 yards on the ground, mostly on pretty moves from Ebell, cutting through holes or quickly scampering around end. Ebell had one run for 73 yards that set up a touchdown. OSU, on the other hand, ran for a total of 93 yards, with 80 of those yards coming off the first run from scrimmage. UCLA had possession of the ball a whopping 40:36 compared to OSU's 19:24.

Tab Perry had perhaps his best career day, catching 7 balls for 145 yards. Tight end Mike Seidman followed up his break-out performance against San Diego State last week with another huge one, catching 8 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown on a well-designed tight end screen. UCLA's cornerback Ricky Manning also scored his first touchdown of his career, on an interception and 33-yard return.

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