NCAA Game Summary - UCLA at Washington State|
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: (17) UCLA 44, Washington State 36
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) - Brett Hundley tossed a trio of touchdown passes
on Saturday, as No. 17 UCLA downed Washington State, 44-36, in a Pac-12 tilt
at Martin Stadium.
Hundley completed 18-of-21 passes for 261 yards with an interception.
Johnathan Franklin rushed for 66 yards on 19 carries and added 45 yards and a
score on four catches for the Bruins (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), who control their own
destiny in the South Division of the Pac-12 heading into a showdown with USC
The Trojans, who disposed of Arizona State earlier on Saturday, trail the
Bruins by one-half game in the conference.
Connor Halliday finished 26-of-43 for 330 yards, five touchdowns and one
interception for the Cougars (2-7, 0-6), who were playing without star
receiver Marquess Wilson. He left the team following his suspension earlier in
Dominique Williams hauled in seven passes for 108 yards and a pair of scores
in place of Wilson, but the Cougars lost their seventh straight game.
Washington State moved deep into UCLA territory on the game's opening
possession, but Andrew Furney's 39-yard field goal attempt was blocked and
Sheldon Price scooped up the loose ball and scampered 68 yards into the end
zone for a 7-0 UCLA lead.
After a UCLA fumble gave possession back to the Cougars late in the first,
Washington State converted a 4th-and-4 from the UCLA 38 before Halliday hit
Williams in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass to knot the
game with less than a minute left.
UCLA turned the ball over on downs on its next touch, as Franklin was stuffed
on 4th-and-1 from the Washington State 10, but the Bruins scored touchdowns on
their next three possessions to take control.
UCLA forced Washington State to punt on the ensuing possession before
Hundley led his squad 70 yards in just five plays, culminating in a 16-yard TD
strike to Franklin, who stretched the ball just across the goal line and
inside of the pylon to give UCLA a 14-7 edge.
The Cougars fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the visitors quickly capitalized
as Hundley found Joseph Fauria four plays later for a 9-yard touchdown pass
and a 21-7 lead.
Anthony Barr sacked Halliday in the end zone on the second play of the
Cougars' ensuing possession to press the margin to 23-7.
Kenneth Walker then returned the free kick 40 yards into Washington State
territory and two plays later, Hundley hit Devin Fuller for a 10-yard
touchdown toss to extend the lead to 30-7 with 6:40 left until halftime.
The Bruins then made it a 37-7 contest late in the first half, as Halliday was
sacked by Cassius Marsh, who knocked the ball loose. Eric Kendricks picked up
the fumble and carried it 40 yards to the end zone for a 30-point UCLA lead
heading into the break.
UCLA punted on the opening drive of the second half before the Cougars went 91
yards in 10 plays to pull within 37-14, as Halliday converted a 4th-and-6 with
a 30-yard toss to Williams to the UCLA 5 before finishing off the drive with a
7-yard TD strike to Brett Bartolone.
The Bruins wasted little time responding, as Franklin accounted for 41 yards
on a 7-play, 74-yard drive that Jordon James capped with a 2-yard touchdown
rush to restore UCLA's 30-point edge.
Washington State countered with a scoring march of its own when Halliday hit
Marcus Mason for a 4-yard touchdown to put the finishing touches on a 7-play,
85-yard drive. That brought the Cougars within 44-21 with less than a minute
left in the third.
After the team's exchanged punts early in the fourth, the Cougars made it a
two-score game, as Halliday found Williams in the back of the end zone for an
11-yard touchdown pass to trim the deficit to 44-28 with 6:25 remaining.
UCLA fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give the ball back to Washington State,
but Halliday was intercepted in the end zone two plays later.
The Cougars forced a UCLA punt on the next possession before Halliday
completed all five of his passes on a 5-play, 80-yard march, which he capped
with a 3-yard touchdown strike to Kristoff Williams.
Halliday then hit Dominique Williams on the two-point conversion to make it a
one-score game, but Jordan Payton secured the ensuing onside kick as the
Bruins escaped with the victory.
Washington State has not beaten a ranked team in its last 21 attempts, with
its last win over a ranked team coming at No. 16 Oregon in 2006, 34-23 ...
UCLA's eight wins are the most victories in a season for the school since 2005
... Washington State outgained UCLA 526-333.
11/11 03:06:32 ET