PHOTO ESSAY: I love LA

THE NATIONALLY RANKED WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS were dancing in the locker room Saturday, although probably not to Randy Newman's "I love LA", which came out before most of the WSU players were born. Instead, the Cougs moved to a beat all their own in Pasadena, riding a second half surge from the offense, defense and special teams. Cougs vs. Bruins, from the photo lens of Cougfan.com, Getty and AP.


Eric Frampton, Tyron Brackenridge and Scott Davis celebrate after Don Turner tipped a Bruin pass and Frampton picked it off.


Brandon Gibson dives into the end zone.


Jed Collins had four pass receptions for 85 hashes, including a 58-yarder.


Tight end Cody Boyd motors downfield for additional yardage after the catch.


Michael Bumpus caught passes, returned punts and was the WSU punter in the second half, too, after starting punter Darryl Blunt was taken ill and his replacement, kicker Loren Langley, injured a quadriceps muscle.


Alex Brink sets up at the line of scrimmage. The Cougar quarterback threw for over 400 yards, and was named Monday as the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.


Brandon Gibson, the Cougs' leading receiver on the day with 8 catches, tightropes it along the sidelines.


Touchdown, Jason Hill. The TD was Hill's seventh of the year and 32nd of his WSU career, extending his own school record. Hill is now tied for second on the all-time Pac-10 list and is one behind USC's Dwayne Jarrett.


Linebacker Cory Evans and defensive tackle Bryan Tarkington


Linebacker Scott Davis and safety Christian Bass.


Linebacker Greg Trent was part of a defense that in the second half, limited UCLA to 128 yards -- with 38 of those coming in the game's final 49 seconds and the Cougs holding a 37-15 lead.


Pressure from linebacker Steve Dildine resulted in a Tyron Brackenridge interception.


Running back Dwight Tardy runs to daylight.


Mkristo Bruce forces an errant Bruin throw.


League awards are not awarded until after the season but right tackle Charles Harris continues to play like an all Pac-10 first teamer.


RT Charles Harris, QB Alex Brink, LG Sean O'Connor and LT Bobby Byrd.


Dan Rowlands came off the field with an apparent shoulder injury early in the third quarter, his arm held stiffly at his side. The sophomore returned and gutted out the rest of the game. On the Cougars' last play on offense, after switching guard spots with Sean O'Connor and playing on the left side, Rowlands looked to have also injured his leg and was (again) helped off the field by teammates. Among the many Cougar performances worthy of game balls Saturday, one was certainly that of the sophomore guard.


Michael Bumpus following a leaping grab for a first down.


Dwight Tardy gained the bulk of his rushing yards as the game went on.


Defensive tackle Bryan Tarkington bats down the pass.


Mkristo Bruce in the Bruins backfield.


DeMaundray Woolridge make quick work on a first-down, four yard touchdown run, bulling his way in for a score.


Thought to be out at least 3-4 weeks, tight end Cody Boyd returned from a high ankle sprain after missing only two games, catching four passes for 69 yards.


Alex Brink followed up his record setting performance at Oregon a week earlier with another outstanding game, completing 28 of 38 for 405 yards at UCLA, with 3 TDs and 2 INTs.


DeMaundray Woolridge used a deft move to bounce outside for a 15-yard touchdown run.


Following the win over UCLA, cornerback Tyrone Brackenridge's impression of "The Thinker" breaks up Cody Boyd and Andy Mattingly. The Cougs are now ranked No. 25 in the nation by the AP Poll, and climbed two spots to No. 23 in the BCS standings.


Alex Brink and Bill Doba.


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