Bruins Roll on Over 'Tide, SEC

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Many of the questions that hovered around the strength of Pac-10 football were firmly answered this past weekend. Not only was there a major upset, but the conference is undefeated against nonconference opponents.

In a matchup that many considered to be a mismatch, UCLA delivered a blow to then-No. 3 Alabama's confidence by upsetting the Crimson Tide, 35-24, before a crowd of 76,640 at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

"I'm very excited right now for our football team and the Pac-10," said UCLA head coach Bob Toledo, whose squad went 4-7 last season. "This has to go down as one of the all-time great UCLA wins."

The Bruins pounded the ball early and often behind junior tailback DeShaun Foster. Foster bullied his way to a career-high 187 yards on a school-record tying 42 carries and accounted for three of UCLA's five touchdowns.

"We're getting back on track," Foster said. "We just wanted to earn some respect. People were counting us out, and we just wanted to play hard and show them that the Bruins were back."

UCLA went up, 21-17, before Alabama's Reggie Myers intercepted the Ryan McCann's pass in the third quarter. Myers ran the ball back for a 91-yard touchdown to give the Crimson Tide a 24-21 lead.

But UCLA quickly answered with an aerial assault by McCann, who replaced starter Corey Paus after Paus separated his throwing shoulder on the first series. McCann connected with junior Freddie Mitchell on a 46-yard touchdown pass.

McCann ended the afternoon completing 14 of 24 passes for 194 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

"Congratulations to UCLA and Bob (Toledo) and his staff," Alabama head coach Mike Dubose said. "That was a great game plan. They dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage. I'm disappointed in the way we played and disappointed in the way I prepared them."

dawgs beat up on eastern neighbors

Other conference teams that opened their season over the weekend included No. 14 Washington, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona.

The Huskies easily cruised past Idaho, 44-20, behind quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo's 313 all-purpose yards. Tuiasosopo was 16 of 30 for 223 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. He ran for 80 yards and scored a touchdown on 15 carries.

Meanwhile, defending conference champ Stanford began its year on a positive note. The Cardinal upended Washington State, 24-10, in Pullman, Wash. Junior Randy Fasani finished the day going 16-of-25 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon topped Nevada, 36-7, behind junior Maurice Morris, who ran for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Oregon State, however, had a difficult time dealing with Division I-AA Eastern Washington. The Beavers' Ken Simonton ran for 200 yards on 40 carries to help Oregon State squeak by the Eagles, 21-19.

Arizona managed to defeat Utah, 17-3, in a sloppily played game. The Utes outgained the Wildcats, 370-146, but turned the ball over five times.

Even though his team has yet to play a game, Bears head coach Tom Holmoe likes what he has seen from the conference thus far.

"I was proud of our conference," Holmoe said. "USC and UCLA brought respectability back to our conference, but I don't want us to get too strong. You have mixed emotions because you're recruiting against those guys. You don't want them to get too hot too fast."


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