UCLA 27, Oregon St. 19
Richard Brehaut threw for a touchdown and ran for another and
struggling UCLA came to life on the road with a 27-19 victory over
winless Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on
Brehaut, who was named starter for the game after Kevin Prince
struggled in last week’s loss to Texas at the Rose Bowl, completed
seven of 11 passes for 146 yards for the Bruins (2-2, 1-0
The loss spoiled redshirt freshman Sean Mannion’s debut as
starter for the Beavers, who fall to 0-3 for the first time since
1996. Mannion completed 24 of 40 passes for 287 yards and a
touchdown, but he was also intercepted and had a costly fumble for
a UCLA score.
After the Bruins scored to make it 27-19 with 6:15 to go, the
Beavers drove down field but were stopped at the UCLA 22-yard line
when they tried to go for it on fourth-and-eight.
UCLA vacillated between quarterbacks in their first three games,
but coach Rick Neuheisel named Brehaut the starter for game after
Prince threw three interceptions in the 49-20 loss to the then-No.
23 Longhorns last week.
Because of the Bruins’ slow start, Neuheisel was facing
increasing questions about his job security at his alma mater.
The Beavers have had their own trouble, a stunning overtime loss
at home to Sacramento State in the opener before a 35-0 blanking by
Wisconsin. During last week’s bye, coach Mike Riley decided to make
a change at quarterback, replacing junior Ryan Katz with
The Beavers also saw the return Saturday of flanker James
Rodgers and tight end Joe Halahuni, who had not played this season
because of injuries.
Rodgers, who has had two surgeries on his left knee, was
formally cleared to play by doctors earlier this week. He was
greeted by a standing ovation when he started, and had a 31-yard
reception on the Beavers’ first series.
Oregon State went up 3-0 on Trevor Romaine’s 25-yard field goal,
but Brehaut answered for UCLA with a 69-yard pass to Josh Smith
that put the Bruins in position for his 22-yard touchdown pass to
Brehaut ran five yards for another score to put UCLA up
Mannion’s fumble on the Beavers’ own 4-yard line led to Jordan
James’ touchdown run for UCLA. But Oregon State narrowed it to
21-10 before the half on Jordan Poyer’s 85-yard punt return. It was
the second-longest such return In Oregon State history. Dwayne
Owens had a 97-yard punt return for OSU against UCLA in 1992.
Romaine opened the second half with a 30-yard field goal for the
Beavers, and the momentum looked to shift in Oregon State’s favor
after Andrew Seumalo blocked a UCLA field goal attempt.
Mannion’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Bishop pulled Oregon
State within 21-19, but the two-point conversion pass was
The Bruins got more breathing room on Anthony Barr’s 1-yard
scoring dive for the final margin with 6:15 left. Seumalo blocked
the extra point, but the Beavers were unsuccessful on their final
Rodgers was ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 176.75
all-purpose yards last season when he was hurt five games into the
season at Arizona. The Beavers asked for and received a fifth year
of eligibility for him.
He was played sparingly, finishing with five catches for 76
Halahuni, who had six touchdown catches last season, had surgery
this spring on his left shoulder. He had five receptions for 26
Derrick Coleman had 20 carries for 100 yards for the Bruins.