UCLA Hosts Cal on Homecoming Oct. 29
Oct. 24, 2011
UCLA Hosts California Saturday
In that last matchup in the Rose Bowl, each team put up over 400 yards of total offense, but Cal prevailed 45-26 on a 100-degree October day. The Golden Bears jumped out to a 28-14 lead in a battle of big early plays. Cal's scores each came on plays of at least 40 yards in length. UCLA answered with a couple of Johnathan Franklin scoring runs of seven and seventy-four yards, but the Bears went into the halftime break with a 35-20 lead. A couple of Kai Forbath field goals narrowed the margin to 38-26 entering the fourth quarter. Cal returned an interception of a Kevin Prince pass for a touchdown to end the Bruins hopes. Prince finished with his first career 300-yard passing day (311) after hitting on 21 of 41 attempts. Franklin had 11 carries for 101 yards on the ground and his pair of touchdowns.
In UCLA's last win in the series, a 2007 battle played in the Rose Bowl, the Bruins improved to 4-0 in the Pac-10 at the time with the 30-21 win over then No. 10-ranked Cal. After the Bears got on the board first, UCLA reeled off 10 straight points on a scoring pass from Patrick Cowan to Logan Paulsen and a Kai Forbath field goal. Cal regained the lead on another scoring pass and the Bruins closed to one-point at the half, 14-13, on another Forbath field goal. UCLA jumped back on top after wide receiver Brandon Breazell threw a scoring pass. Cal answered with a short scoring pass late in the third quarter for a 21-20 Bear lead. A 27-yard field goal by Forbath pushed UCLA ahead 23-21 with 3:08 to play. After Cal had driven to the Bruin 30-yard line, UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner jumped in front of a waiting Bear receiver and returned the interception 76 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 on the clock, sealing the win. Kahlil Bell ran for 142 yards in the contest.
One of the most memorable games in recent series history came in the 2005 season. UCLA was forced to play catch up for most of the contest as Cal took an early 14-0 lead in the first three minutes of the contest. Drew Olson connected with Joe Cowan to make it 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Maurice Drew ran it in from 12-yards out to tie the score seconds into the new quarter. Cal ran off the next 13 points of the second quarter before Drew scored on a one-yard run in the final seconds of the half to make the Golden Bear lead 27-21 at the break. An 81-yard punt return by Drew pushed the Bruins on top, but Cal answered with the last 10 points of the third quarter for a 37-28 advantage. After the Bears added on a field goal early in the fourth quarter, the deficit stood at 40-28 with a little over eight minutes left. Faced with a fourth-and-two situation, UCLA lined up in punt formation only to fake the kick. The Bruins picked up over 40 yards after a run and a personal foul penalty against the Bears and were in business with a first-and-goal. Olson ran in for a one-yard touchdown to close to within 40-35. The Bruin defense forced Cal to punt with just over 2:30 to play. With just over a minute-and-a-half remaining Olson hit Drew on a 28-yard scoring pass. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful and UCLA had a 41-40 lead with 1:35 remaining. Trey Brown's interception gave the ball back to the Bruins and Drew's fifth touchdown of the game came as time expired.
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