Oregon Stops Foster, Halts UCLA's Streak

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This past weekend, the rest of the country learned how to slow down Deshaun Foster and the UCLA offense.

Plan a road trip.

The then-No. 6 Bruins (3-1, 0-1 in the Pac-10) came into last Saturday's game against unranked Oregon as underdogs, despite coming off a thrilling comeback victory over then-No. 3 Michigan.

The Ducks (3-1, 1-0) happily made the oddsmakers right, with a commanding 29-10 stomping of UCLA.

"I don't consider it an upset, just a big win," Oregon tailback Maurice Morris said, after gaining 139 yards on 37 carries with two touchdowns.

The Ducks had good reason to be confident in Eugene, Ore. The Bruins haven't won away from the Rose Bowl since Cade McNown lined up under center for UCLA in 1998.

"If you're going to win championships, you've got to win on the road," Bruins coach Bob Toledo said. "We just didn't perform."

The loss dropped UCLA to No. 15 while propelling Oregon to No. 20.

From the outset, Oregon's crowd was a factor. The Bruins had five false start penalties in the first half, including three in a row on one series.

"The atmosphere here was amazing," Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington said. "Right from the opening kickoff it was electric."

Oregon's plan to shut down Foster on first down frustrated UCLA the whole game. The Bruins gamebreaker was held to 49 yards on 19 carries, by far his worst performance of the season.

Forced to deal with long yardage situations on second and third downs, UCLA quarterback Ryan McCann was unable to duplicate his magic of a week ago against Michigan.

McCann finished 13 of 33 for 152 yards with two fumbles and an interception.

"It took us a while to get started, and then we didn't execute," McCann said.

The Ducks took a 10-0 lead into halftime after Harrington scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter and Josh Frankel scored a field goal in the second.

The Bruins, who have been behind in all three of their victories, came back to tie the score in the third quarter.

Chris Griffith started things off with a field goal, then backup signal-caller Drew Benett launched a 54-yard strike to Freddie Mitchell.

The touchdown came off playaction, where Bennett faked an option run before finding Mitchell deep in the secondary. Earlier in the game, a botched option play by Bennett resulted in a lost fumble.

But the pivotal play of the third quarter came in the previous series, when Mitchell appeared to have a touchdown catch, but was ruled out of bounds by the official.

"I knew it was a touchdown, you knew it was touchdown, everybody does," Mitchell said. "The ref knew too, because he looked at me like he was sorry."

After the score was tied at 10, Oregon ran off 19 unanswered points to end the game.

Late USC Surge Tops SJSU

USC (3-0, 0-0) moved up one spot to No. 8 after three touchdowns in the final 8:07 helped the Trojans avoid being San Jose State's second Pac-10 upset victim.

The Spartans (2-2), who already defeated Stanford this season, led for most of the game until USC's Petros Papadakis scored from 5-yards out. The two-point conversion gave the Trojans a 27-24 lead, their first since being up 12-10 in the second quarter.

"I can see how they beat Stanford," Trojan coach Paul Hackett said. "They almost beat us."

USC quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 338 yards while completing 22 of 38 passes with two touchdowns. Seven of those completions were to Kareem Kelley, who finished with 106 receiving yards.

Papadakis had three touchdown runs while fellow tailback Sultan McCullough added 136 yards on 21 carries.

The Trojans' next opponent, Oregon State (3-0. 0-0), remained undefeated with a 35-3 rout of San Diego State.

Beavers star tailback Ken Simonton ran for 91 yards on 19 carries and two scores.

Arizona State improved to 3-0 with a 44-20 blowout of Utah State.

Quarterback Jeff Krohn was 6-for-10 for 248 yards and four touchdowns.

Idaho earned its first victory of the year by squeaking by Washington State (1-2, 0-1), 38-34.

Vandals quarterback John Welsh scored from a yard out with 40 seconds remaining just after the Cougars had taken a 34-31 lead with three minutes left.


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