Oct. 6, 2007
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The Fighting Irish fought their way out of the one of the worst slumps in school history.
Jimmy Clausen scored on a sneak and Maurice Crum returned a fumble 34 yards for another touchdown during a 50-second span of the third quarter and Notre Dame won for the first time this season, 20-6 over UCLA on Saturday.
After a school record 0-5 start, the Irish avoided matching their longest losing streak. The victory was their first in eight games dating back to last season, and the only other time the Irish lost eight straight was in 1960, when they won their opener and didn't win again until the final game of the season.
A walk-on pressed into the backup role for UCLA (4-2, 3-0 Pac-10) because of an injury to Patrick Cowan, Bethel-Thompson had not thrown a pass in a college game.
The Irish picked off four of his throws, with Crum getting two interceptions to go along with his recovery of Bethel-Thompson's fumble that he ran in for a touchdown.
Clausen put the Irish ahead 13-6 when he bulled over from 1 yard out for his first rushing touchdown, with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
David Bruton set up the score when he intercepted a Bethel-Thompson pass at the UCLA 21 and returned it to the 4.
Crum gave the Irish a 14-point pad when he scooped up the fumble and took off for the end zone.
Brandon Walker kicked a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 48-yarder that bounced off the cross bar and went over to tie it 6-6 midway through the third quarter. Kai Forbath kicked a 29-yarder in the first quarter, than gave UCLA a 6-3 lead with a 49-yarder late in the first half.