It wasn’t the aerial show we saw last week, but Richard Brehaut came up with completions when he had to. The sophomore threw for 127 yards on 13-for-19 passing and was picked off once, but it wasn’t entirely Brehaut’s fault since it bounced off Anthony Barr’s hands.
Brehaut was sacked three times, but still finished with 61 yards rushing and one score. Johnathan Franklin (100 yards) had UCLA’s other touchdown, a one-yarder to tie it at 14 late in the third quarter. True freshman Malcolm Jones (29) offered a change of pace.
BIN THE TRENCHES
Were it not for Brehaut’s improved pocket presence, UCLA’s defensive line would have surrendered more than three sacks. On the plus-side, the running lanes were wider than they have been in recent weeks. The Bruins recorded three sacks and had two other for-loss tackles.
Electric Oregon State tailback Jacquizz Rodgers didn’t go off on UCLA like Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas, Cal’s Shane Vereen and Oregon’s LaMichael James did earlier this season. Rodgers rushed for just 63 yards. The 14 points allowed were the fewest since Sept. 25 at Texas.
Kai Forbath’s 51-yard game-winner snapped the Bruins’ three-game losing streak, making those at the Rose Bowl forget that he had missed two shorter attempts earlier in the game. Jeff Locke, arguably the most underrated player on the team, averaged 69.3 yards on his three punts.
Give coach Rick Neuheisel credit for throwing the challenge flag on Randall Carroll’s out-of-bounds play in the final seconds. Most importantly, props to the assistants upstairs who kept a close eye on the instant replay and convinced him to do it. A win is a win.