Nov 15, 2003
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Kellen Clemens passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Kenny Washington returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as Oregon took command early in beating UCLA 31-13 Saturday.
By winning for the third time in four games, the Ducks (7-4, 4-3 Pac-10) virtually assured themselves of a bowl appearance. They entertain Oregon State next Saturday to complete the regular season.
It also was Oregon's fourth straight victory over UCLA and third in as many years at the Rose Bowl. The previous two were by one point.
The Bruins (6-4, 4-3) have lost three in a row following a five-game winning streak. They play their final game next weekend against No. 2 Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The outcome wasn't in doubt after Oregon scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. The Ducks led 31-6 at halftime.
Clemens completed 14-of-18 passes for 154 yards in the first half and was 21-of-27 overall without being intercepted.
Samie Parker had six receptions for 82 yards.
Jason Fife, who usually shares time with Clemens, entered the game for the first time with 3:37 remaining - long after the outcome had been decided.
Dave Ball, who leads the country with 15˝ sacks, got UCLA's only two of the game - one on Clemens and one on Fife.
Olson was promoted to first-string ahead of Matt Moore, who started the previous three games at quarterback. The Bruins had been 5-1 in games started by Olson earlier in the season.
Olson's first pass had a disastrous result - Jerry Matson picked it off and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown to put Oregon ahead for good after just 72 seconds of play.
Clemens threw a 40-yard pass to Parker to cap an 80-yard, 10-play drive later in the opening period to make it 14-0. The TD came one play after Clemens' 21-yard pass to Kyle Weatherspoon on a third-and-18 play.
Medlock's 35-yard field goal put UCLA on the scoreboard for the first time, but Washington scored his TD on the ensuing kickoff to give Oregon a 21-3 lead with 3:35 left in the first quarter.
Jared Siegel kicked a season-long 51 yard field goal and Medlock answered with a 37-yarder in the second period. Clemens threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tim Day to give Oregon its 25-point halftime lead.
Olson threw a 3-yard TD pass to Akil Harris with 12 seconds to play for the only scoring in the second half.
Medlock missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 32-yarder in the third period.
UCLA's final home game of the season was played before a disheartened crowd of 56,083 at the Rose Bowl that booed the Bruins off the field at halftime.