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UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin (Dorsey HS) rushed for 216 yards and a touchdown against Washington St.
UCLA safety Rahim Moore (Dorsey HS) made a huge play to stop a touchdown on a fourth and goal play from the 1 yard line in the fourth quarter of the game. A touchdown would have given Washington St. the lead. Photos by Jason Lewis
By Eric Lambkins II
Sentinel Contributing Writer
UCLA’s rushing two headed monster of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman combined for 401 of UCLA’s 437 rushing yards, as UCLA ran over Washington State for a 42-28 victory in front of a modest Pasadena crowd Saturday. The 92-degree sweltering heat could not slow down the relentless one-two punch of the Bruins rushing attack.
UCLA 2nd string quarterback Richard Brehaut filled in for the injured Kevin Price against the Cougars.Brehaut completed the game 12 for 23 with 128 passing yards and managed to propel the Bruins to the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter after UCLA managed to squander an early lead.
The Bruins managed to avoid a Texas sized let down, after coming off a BCS landscape changing 34-12 win over the Longhorns last week, against the Cougars by leaning heavily on a heavily underrated, rag-tag group of an offensive line.
UCLA’s “Filthy Five” pushed the Cougar defensive line all over the field and opened up mammoth sized holes for Franklin to dart around and through for a total of 216 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown. While Coleman left Cougar defenders battered and bruised as he simply chose to employ running over and through shoddy arm tackles for 185 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns.
Washington State Sophomore quarterback Jeff Tuel shredded an inept UCLA pass defense as he completed 20 of 37 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Tuel easily showed poise in the pocket and as he scrambled due to a virtually non-existent pass rush by the Bruins.
The Cougars brought the momentum they gained going into halftime, out with them in the second half, as they jumped on the Bruins for 28-20 lead in the third quarter. UCLA responded to the pesky play of the Cougars, with a 9 play, 67-yard drive capped off with a 1-yard Coleman touchdown run and a Taylor Embree 2-point conversion reception.
The Cougars responded to the Bruin drive with a tantalizing 50 yard catch and run from Tuel to freshman phenom wide receiver Marquees Wilson that got the Cougars deep within the Bruin red zone. The Cougars celebrated prematurely after a 1-yard quarterback scramble for a touchdown, but the play was ruled down at the 1-yard line after an official replay by the booth. The Cougars failed to punch the ball into the end zone and turned the ball over on downs on the UCLA 1-yard line. The Bruins marched 99-yards down the field, highlighted by a 73-yard gashing up the gut by Coleman, and the drive was capped off with a 1-yard option keeper by Brehaut for a touchdown.
After the Cougars missed a field goal, the Bruins gave themselves additional breathing room by running for another touchdown.
The Bruins (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) will face Cal (2-2, 0-1 Pac-10) in a hostile environment, as the Bruins travel to a Memorial Stadium showdown on Oct. 9th.