It was effective while they used it, but UCLA had three completions for 93 yards passing in the first quarter and then four more for 53 yards the rest of the game. Josh Smith got loose for a long pass, but Richard Brehaut missed twice looking deep for Randall Carroll.
When Johnathan Franklin went down with a hip injury, the Bruins didn’t miss a beat. They had 211 yards on the ground, surpassing 200 yards for the third time in four games. Franklin left with 36 yards in six carries, but Derrick Coleman had 100 yards -- his second 100-plus game of the season -- and Malcom Jones had a season-high 38.
IN THE TRENCHES
The offensive front paved the way for another solid Bruins' running effort, but pass protection was a bit of an issue with two sacks allowed and a couple of pressures that resulted in bad passes. The defensive front had its best game of the season. Although the Bruins didn’t get a sack, they had several hurries and held their ground.
A much-improved effort against the run as Oregon State managed only 88 yards on the gorund -- 10 in the first half -- but the Bruins still gave up too many big gains on third downs and allowed Oregon State to sustain drives in the second half. Two fourth-down stops and a two-point conversion stop and two turnovers kept the Bruins from collapsing.
It was the tale of two Jeff Lockes. He averaged 50.2 yards on four punts and got three touchbacks on kickoffs, but had a 39-yard field goal and an extra point blocked. Giving up an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime to let the Beavers back into the game was unacceptable. Josh Smith was again solid on kick returns.
The staff took some gambles on offense such as going for it on fourth down and taking a shot downfield with a 21-3 lead late in the first half, but those decisions didn’t work out helped Oregon State hang around. Not punting out of bounds at the end of the first half and allowing the punt return was a head scratcher. In the end, the game plan produced a victory.