For quarterback Richard Brehaut, Washington State will always hold a special place in his heart.
Almost exactly a year ago, on Oct. 2, 2010, he made his first career start against the Cougars when he filled in for injured Kevin Prince and also got his first career win when UCLA defeated Washington State, 42-28.
"I was pretty nervous going out there in front of the Rose Bowl for my first start," Brehaut said. "That’s always going to be a fond memory mine. My first start, my first career win. I’ll always remember that one."
It was pretty memorable, too.
Washington State got to the UCLA one-yard line with the score tied, 28-28, but the Bruins stopped the Cougars on four consecutive plays and Brehaut led the offense back on the field. A quick pass and a short run set up a third and two, when Derrick Coleman broke free for a 73-yard gain to the Washington State 18. Four plays later, Brehaut scored on a one-yard run for his first career touchdown and a 35-28 UCLA lead with 10 minutes to play.
UCLA rushed for a mind-boggling 437 yards in that game, with Johnathan Franklin netting 216 and Coleman finishing with 185. It was the Pistol to perfection, and Brehaut, who completed 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards without an interception or a touchdown, said having the running game firing on all cylinders helped him get over the first-start jitters.
"I do remember we pounded that rock," Brehaut said. "We had a lot of rushing yards and we were taking the easy throws that they were giving us in the beginning and it made for a real smooth game plan for a first-time starting quarterback."