Sooners 1-2 for first time since '97

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Oklahoma won't be making a return trip

to the Rose Bowl this season.

Not after Drew Olson and UCLA piled on the struggling Sooners,

with a 41-24 victory Saturday that sent No. 21 Oklahoma to its

first 1-2 start since 1997.

The Sooners have played in the last two Bowl Championship Series

title games, but they can forget about playing in the Rose Bowl on

Jan. 4, when this season's championship will be decided.

Oklahoma sputtered again on offense, with quarterback Rhett

Bomar having four of the team's six fumbles. Adrian Peterson was

held to 58 yards on 23 carries.

UCLA, which makes its home in the Rose Bowl, recovered three

fumbles, including one by Peterson, and turned them into 17 points.

"You're not going to win when you turn the ball over and put

the ball on the ground like we did," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops

said. "It's just poor football. Until we can be responsible with

the ball, it's impossible to win.

"I think we're still better than the way we played."

The last time the Sooners started with two losses in their first

three games, John Blake was their coach. That team went on to

finish 4-8.

For UCLA, the win ranks as one of its biggest -- if not they

biggest -- in three season under coach Karl Dorrell.

Olson threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

"This game was big for our program," said Olson, a three-year

starter who has struggled along with the team much of that time.

"We knew they'd make us beat them with the pass. It's good to see

that our passing game can open it up."

Olson went 28-of-38 against an Oklahoma defense stacked to stop

the run. He threw scoring passes of 19 yards to Andrew Baumgartner

in the first quarter, and 19 yards to Marcedes Lewis and 7 yards to

Chris Markey as the Bruins pulled away from a 20-17 lead in the


"He played it like it was a championship-style game," Karl

Dorrell said of Olson.

Like the Sooners, the Bruins (3-0) focused on stopping the run

and held All-American Peterson in check. Linebackers Justin London

and Spencer Havner each had nine tackles, and Havner returned a

fumble 13 yards for a touchdown after safety Dennis Keyes' second

forced fumble of the day.

"Our defense carried us," Dorrell said after the Bruins beat a

ranked team for the first time in almost two years.

Up by three points heading into the fourth quarter, UCLA opened

it up on two Olson touchdown passes and Maurice Drew's 9-yard

scoring run on the way to their first win over the Sooners.

Oklahoma won the first three meetings with UCLA by lopsided

scores, including a 59-24 victory in Norman in 2003, Dorrell's

first year as the Bruins' coach.

The Sooners did bottle up the Bruins on the ground this time,

holding the dangerous Drew to 69 yards on 15 carries.

Justin Medlock made field goals of 44 and 51 yards for the


While Bomar had trouble hanging onto the ball, his passing was

much improved. He went 20-of-29 for 241 yards, and ran for a late

16-yard TD. The previous week, he struggled in the first half and

didn't throw a pass after halftime in a 31-15 win over Tulsa.

"I felt like Rhett started to get some rhythm and confidence in

what he was doing," Stoops said of the redshirt freshman's outing

against UCLA. "Our receivers made some nice plays, and that part

of it, I feel like we're getting somewhere."

Peterson, who began the game on the sidelines after being

disciplined during the week for missing classes, scored on an

11-yard run in the third quarter to trim UCLA's lead to 20-17.

The 2004 Heisman runner-up, Peterson entered the game for

Oklahoma's fourth offensive play and immediately made a good block

near the goal line on Travis Wilson's 56-yard touchdown on a


Peterson was suspended for two practices at the start of the

week, and Kejuan Jones started against the Bruins.