Oct. 28, 2006
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Alex Brink passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns, and Washington State dominated the second half in beating UCLA 37-15 Saturday to hand the Bruins their third straight loss.
By winning, the Cougars avenged a 44-41 overtime loss to the Bruins last season in a game they led by as many as 21 points.
Washington State (6-3, 4-2 Pac-10), which outscored the Bruins 23-0 in the second half, took a 20-15 lead late in the third quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brink to Brandon Gibson.
The Cougars' offense made sure they wouldn't blow their lead in this game, scoring on their next two possessions. And the WSU defense did the rest.
Brink completed 28 of 38 passes with two interceptions. He passed for a career-high 531 yards against Oregon State last year.
Gibson caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, and Jason Hill had five receptions for 115 yards and one TD.
After the Cougars went ahead to stay, the Bruins failed on a fourth-and-1 play at midfield. Brink threw a 34-yard pass to Hill on the next play, setting up a 31-yard field goal by Romeen Abdollmohammadi that made it 23-15.
DeMaundray Woolridge scored twice in the fourth quarter - on a 4-yard run with 11:49 remaining and a 15-yarder with 49 seconds left - to complete the scoring.
UCLA (4-4, 2-3) was unsuccessful in trying to rebound from a 20-17 loss at No. 11 Notre Dame last weekend when the Fighting Irish moved 80 yards on three plays to score the winning touchdown with 27 seconds left.
Patrick Cowan, making his third collegiate start, completed 17 of 37 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
UCLA was held without a first down in the second half until Cowan's 12-yard pass to Junior Taylor with 11 1/2 minutes remaining. The Bruins then moved to the WSU 17 before Tyron Brackenridge's interception prompted many in the crowd of 53,058 at the Rose Bowl to head for the exits.
UCLA's Eric McNeal intercepted a pass 2 minutes later, but fumbled during the return and WSU's Gibson recovered. The Bruins were unable to pose a scoring threat after that.
Brink completed 17-of-21 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but the Cougars trailed 15-14 at the intermission.
UCLA moved inside the WSU 20 twice in the first quarter, but had to settle for field goals of 37 and 28 yards by Justin Medlock.
The Cougars had only one first down on their first two possessions, but moved 90 and 98 yards on their next two to take a 14-6 lead, with Brink throwing touchdown passes of 6 yards to Gibson and 17 yards to Hill.
The Bruins responded, getting a 38-yard field goal from Medlock and a 36-yard scoring pass from Cowan to Taylor. A 2-point conversion attempt following the touchdown failed.
WSU's Loren Langley missed a 37-yard field goal in the opening 5 minutes, and a 43-yarder with 8 seconds left before halftime. The Cougars didn't do much wrong otherwise.