Sept 29, 2001
No. 12 UCLA 38, No. 19 Oregon St. 7
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Just in case time had eased the pain of UCLA's 55-7 loss at Oregon State two years ago, coach Bob Toledo prepared a video packed with lowlights.
For good measure, he threw in some clips from last year's 44-38 home loss to the Beavers.
The mini-epic from Toledo Productions worked: The Bruins dealt out the same kind of punishment Saturday they had taken the past two years, and if the defense keeps up its spectacular run, there will be more blowouts to come.
"I don't know how many games we're going to win, but this team can go as far as it wants to go," Toledo said.
UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) atoned for its 48-point loss here in 1999 by piling up 496 yards, and the Bruins' defense again was spectacular in its strongest test so far.
"Their quarterback (Jonathan Smith) said that we haven't faced a top-notch offense yet, and I guess we haven't faced one yet," middle linebacker Robert Thomas quipped. "I expected this."
Oregon State (1-2, 0-1) had racked up 99 points and 1,163 yards the last two years against UCLA, and the Beavers were going for their first three-game winning streak in the series' 52-game history. But on this day, they gained just 157 yards until a late 63-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson.
UCLA also held the ball nearly 11 minutes longer than the Beavers.
"We got beat down today," Oregon State linebacker James Allen said. "We got it brought to us in our own home, and we've got to fix it fast."
Ken Simonton, who led the Pac-10 in rushing last year at 134 yards a game, was held to a career-low 26 on 13 carries. Smith completed just 11 of 32 passes for 106 yards and an interception.
The UCLA players who were on the team in 1999 admitted to carrying the burden of that game. It remains the Bruins' most lopsided conference defeat since a 52-0 loss to Southern Cal in 1930.
"It's always at the back of your mind when somebody runs up the score on you like that," Foster said. "We just wanted to do the same thing."
After surrendering a school-record 368 points last season, UCLA's defensive statistics have been remarkable this year: 41 points allowed in four games. Counting last week's 13-6 win over Ohio State, whose only score came on a blocked punt, the defense has given up 386 yards and zero points in two games.
"They were upset that the second group let them score," Toledo said.
Foster, who had just 66 yards against Ohio State and none in the second half, scored on runs of 3, 17 and 1 yards. Between the 20s, his hard running wore down the Beavers' defense and left it vulnerable to big plays.
The Bruins led 17-0 at halftime and put the game out of reach with two touchdowns just 1:21 apart in the third quarter.
Following an 18-yard pass from Paus to Mike Seidman, Foster was stopped at the line, then ran right, broke three tackles and tiptoed into the end zone for his second score.
On the next possession, Oregon State's George Gillett caught a pass from Smith for a 24-yard gain, then was pummeled on a hit to his head by Jason Stephens. The ball popped loose, and Marcus Reese recovered at the Oregon State 39. On the next play, Paus lobbed a strike to Poli-Dixon to give the Bruins a 31-0 lead.
The defeat was a painful blow to Oregon State's hopes of recapturing the wild success of last season, when it won a school-record 11 games, including a rout of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
"I think everybody let it get to their head, and we're getting brought back down to Earth," the Allen said. "We're 1-2 right now. We're the 1-2 Beavers."
Paus was 12-of-24 for 216 yards and no interceptions, Poli-Dixon had six catches for 107 yards.
After a three-week layoff, the Beavers' offense was rusty. When he had time to throw, Smith routinely missed his receivers, and they did him no favors by running several wrong routes.
"We were definitely on different pages a couple of times," Smith said. "As a group, we were pretty poor."
UCLA capitalized on the Beavers' first mistake and needed only three plays to take a 7-0 lead.
A pass by Smith went too far inside for Seth Trimmer, and Stephens intercepted it. He returned the ball 10 yards before fumbling, and teammate Ricky Manning picked it up and carried it another 17 yards to the Beavers 28.
Two plays later, Foster went around the left side for a 25-yard gain. He then bulled into the end zone from 3 yards out.