Nov. 14, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Kevin Prince threw for 314 yards and ran for a touchdown as UCLA beat Washington State 43-7 on Saturday.
Chane Moline ran for three touchdowns as UCLA (5-5, 2-5 Pac-10) kept alive its hopes of getting a bowl bid. The Bruins have games left against Arizona State and Southern Cal.
Washington State (1-9, 0-7) lost its seventh straight game, and was held to just 181 yards, while giving up 556 yards to UCLA. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, starting in place of injured Jeff Tuel, was intercepted on his first three series. The Cougars were playing their first home game in a month.
Prince, who suffered a concussion and missed the second half of last week's victory over Washington, completed 27 of 40 passes and ran for 76 yards.
Lobbestael on the third play of the game threw an interception to Akeem Ayers. On UCLA's first play from scrimmage, Prince threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Embree. The Cougars have yet to lead in regulation time this season.
On WSU's next possession, Lobbestael was intercepted by Rahim Moore, who leads the nation with nine picks. But the Bruins had to punt.
Lobbestael was intercepted by Ayers on WSU's next series. Moline punched over from the 2 for a 14-0 UCLA lead. WSU has been outscored 159-3 in the first quarter this season.
Prince scrambled 68 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. The Bruins also picked up a safety.
Kevin Lopina replaced Lobbestael midway through the second quarter. He ran 36 yards late in the second quarter, but fumbled the ball on the tackle to kill WSU's best scoring threat of the half. Kai Forbath turned that fumble recovery into a 38-yard field goal to give UCLA a 26-0 halftime lead.
Jeffrey Solomon caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Lopina late in the third quarter to put WSU on the scoreboard. But Prince marched the Bruins 81 yards on the next series and Moline ran over from the 7 for a score. Moline ran 16 yards for another touchdown in the fourth.
Lopina completed 7 of 14 for 102 yards.
UCLA's 43 points were the most this season for the Bruins, which came in averaging just 20 points per game. Washington State ranks second from the bottom nationally in scoring, averaging just 14 points per game.
Tuel injured his knee in last weekend's blowout loss at Arizona.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel has never lost to the Cougars in seven outings as a coach.
UCLA Game Notes vs. Washington State
- UCLA's 556 yards of total offense is most since Bruins tallied 624 at Stanford in 2007
- Rahim Moore recorded his ninth pick of the season in the first quarter (tied for No. 2 all-time in UCLA single season history)
- Kevin Prince's 68-yard run in the second quarter was his longest career run (and longest career play)
- Kevin Prince tied the freshman school record for most 300-yard passing games in a season (3, Tommy Maddox, 1990)
- Brian Price tied his career high for tackles for a loss with three (last time at Tennessee)
- Kai Forbath moved to No. 4 in single season field goals made (23) and moved to No. 5 all-time in career scoring (271)
- Akeem Ayers tied his career high for sacks in a game with two (last time vs. Kansas State in 2009)
- Chane Moline set a new career high for touchdowns in a game with three (previous best, 2)
- Milton Knox recorded the longest rush of his career with a 22-yard run in the 4th quarter
- Taylor Embree equaled his career high for receptions in a game with six (last vs. SDSU in 2009)
- This was UCLA's second straight game with over 400 yards of total offense (last week the Bruins had 417 vs. Washington). Tonight's total yardage was also a season-high for the Bruins (previous best, 455 against Washington on 11/7)
- UCLA's 43 points were the most a Bruin team has scored since 2007 when they defeated Washington 44-31
-Danny Rees recorded the first punt of his career in the 4th quarter. The punt was downed at the 2-yard line (37-yard punt)