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Final: UCLA 42, Washington State 28

10/2/2010

UCLA survived and avoided a monumental upset versus Washington State.

It just wore down the Cougars: see 437 yards rushing.

437! Wow.

Johnathan Franklin had 216 yards on 30 carries. Derrick Coleman had 185 yards on 15 with three TDs.

There will be plenty of "what ifs" for the Cougs. It looked like they had taken a 35-28 lead early in the fourth, but a review of an apparent touchdown pass was ruled down at the 1-yard line. And so first-and-goal at the 1-yard line would turn into a goal line stand for the Bruins.

A 99-yard drive later -- a drive that included Coleman going for 73 yards -- and UCLA went up for good.

A silver lining for Washington State? It was a competitive performance. And Tuel was 20-of-37 for 311 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.

The big question: Is this a step forward toward being competitive on a weekly basis, or does it take another bite out of a team's confidence and motivation?

Meanwhile, UCLA's visit to California next weekend might set the ultimate trajectory of both team's seasons and bowl hopes.