Nov 2, 2002
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Tyler Ebell ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Drew Olson was steady if not spectacular in his first start to lead UCLA past Washington 34-24 Saturday night.
Ebell's fifth straight 100-yard game helped the Bruins (6-3, 3-2 Pac-10) improve to 4-1 on the road this season. UCLA also handed the struggling Huskies (4-5, 1-4) their fourth straight loss.
Linebacker Spencer Havner sealed the win with 1:17 to play by intercepting a pass from Washington's Cody Pickett and returning it 41 yards for a TD.
The Huskies were sluggish most of the night but pulled to 27-24 with 8:36 remaining when Pickett threw in the right flat to Paul Arnold, who curled around UCLA cornerback Joe Hunter and ran untouched 66 yards down the sideline.
That got the crowd of 72,017 fans fired up. After Olson completed a third-and-long pass for a first down, the Huskies forced a punt and took over at their own 35-yard line with 5:56 remaining.
But the drive stalled, and Washington fans booed after Derek McLaughlin's 4-yard punt went out of bounds. The final indignity for Washington came with 16 seconds left, when John Anderson missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.
Pickett threw for 429 yards, but his 29-of-60 passing again showed just how one-dimensional the Huskies' offense has become. They ran for only 69 yards.
Washington is in danger of its first losing season since Don James' team went 5-6 in 1976, his second year.
Olson was 13-of-27 for 189 yards without an interception, avoiding mistakes that could have hurt the Bruins. UCLA also got field goals of 27 and 23 yards from Nate Fikse to stay in contention for one of the Pac-10's lesser bowls.
One week after throwing for a season-low 210 yards, Pickett struggled against the Pac-10's top passing defense. His receivers dropped easy catches and, at other times, Pickett threw to spots where there was nobody stood.
On the first play of the second quarter, Spencer Havner tipped a pass by Pickett. UCLA's Marcus Reese caught the ball at the 30-yard line and ran to the 1, and the Bruins needed only two plays before Ebell's second TD made it 17-7.
Pickett answered for the Huskies, directing an 82-yard drive that ended when he zipped a 20-yard scoring pass to tight end Kevin Ware, pulling Washington to 17-14 with 10:58 before halftime.
But after Ebell added another 1-yard TD run to put UCLA ahead 24-14, Washington fans booed a draw call at the one-minute mark.
Pickett moved the Huskies across midfield, but his second interception - this time by Ricky Manning - on the half's final play left the home fans restless as the teams headed in for the break.