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Ebell, Bruins Run Past Cardinal

Oct 26, 2002

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  • UCLA Head Coach BobToledo
  • Stanford Head Coach Buddy Teevens

    PASADENA, Calif. - UCLA coach Bob Toledo was delighted by the play of his promising freshmen, tailback Tyler Ebell and quarterback Matt Moore.

    "Ebell did a great job. Moore was fantastic. We kept it simple, yet we scored 28 points," Toledo said after Ebell ran for 160 yards and a touchdown and Moore passed for 142 yards and another TD in the Bruins' 28-18 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

    "Our guys were down by 15, and they might have bellied up right then. But they stayed in there and worked hard," Toledo said.

    Ebell, who redshirted last year, carried 39 times in his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game for the Bruins (5-3, 2-2 Pac-10). Playing without their first two quarterbacks, they came back to win after falling behind 15-0 in the first 4˝ minutes of the game against the Cardinal (2-5, 1-3).

    The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Ebell scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 18-yard run early in the fourth quarter, bouncing off a tackler in the middle of the field, then outrunning defenders just inside the right pylon at the goal line.


    "Our guys were down by 15, and they might have bellied up right then. But they stayed in there and worked hard."
    --UCLA coach Bob Toledo


    "Too little to play college football, right?" Toledo said after Ebell became the first UCLA freshman ever to record four 100-yard rushing games in a row, and the first Bruins runner of any kind to do it since Skip Hicks had five straight in 1997.

    Nate Fikse kicked field goals of 36, 22, 19, 23 and 44 yards for the Bruins.

    Moore, slated to redshirt this year, was called on after Cory Paus went out with a season-ending ankle injury and backup Drew Olson separated his right shoulder, both in last weekend's 17-12 loss to California.

    Moore went just 7-of-19, but he played better than former high school teammate and Stanford starter Kyle Matter.

    Matter, a freshman who was sacked six times and pressured constantly, was 10-of-22 for 75 yards with one interception. Brandon Chillar and Steve Morgan had two sacks each for the Bruins.

    "I thought we did some decent things during the course of the game. They jumped us with their secondary and closed things down a little bit. Their defense did well," said Stanford coach Buddy Teevens, whose team is struggling in its first year following Tyrone Willingham's departure for Notre Dame.

    After Ebell's TD in the fourth quarter put the Bruins ahead for the first time, Fikse added a pair of field goals to give UCLA a 10-point lead.

    Tyler Ebell ran for 160 yards and this go-ahead TD in the second half.

    Fikse's 19-yard field goal with 8:13 left in the third quarter had cut the deficit to 18-16. Stanford's Michael Sgroi was wide left on a 33-yard try later in the quarter after having a kick blocked earlier.

    After falling behind 15-0 in the opening moments of the game, the Bruins narrowed the gap to 18-13 by halftime.

    Moore threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mike Seidman early in the second quarter, and Fikse kicked field goals from 36 and 22 yards.

    Sgroi's 42-yard field goal in the second quarter was the Cardinal's last score in the game.

    Stanford took advantage of two early UCLA turnovers to take the quick lead.

    After UCLA held Stanford on its first series, Ebell fumbled the punt and Alex Smith recovered for the Cardinal at the UCLA 28.

    Six plays later, Kerry Carter scored on a 1-yard run. The snap on the PAT was high, but Sgroi fielded it, scrambled and threw a pass to Will Svitek in the back of the end zone for the 2-point conversion.

    Then UCLA center Mike McCloskey snapped the ball wildly between Moore's legs. The ball bounced back 14 yards to the Bruins 3, where defensive end Julian Jenkins scooped it up and rumbled into the end zone.

    Matter, who redshirted last season, made his second start for Stanford because Chris Lewis hurt his right shoulder in the Cardinal's 16-6 win over Arizona last week.

    AP Sports Writer

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