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Oregon State holds on for 26-19 win over UCLA

10/31/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Oregon State blew a big lead but regrouped in time to beat UCLA 26-19.

The Beavers led 16-0 at half and the Bruins had just 86 total yards at the break.

But UCLA and quarterback Kevin Prince found their rhythm in the second half and tied the game at 19-19 with 2:06 left with a 10-play, 94-yard touchdown drive.

Still, that was too much time for Sean Canfield and the Rodgers brothers.

Canfield completed 4 of 5 for 55 yards on the seven-play, 70-yard, game-winning TD drive. Two passes went to Jacquizz Rodgers. One went to James Rodgers, who ran 17 yards for the winning touchdown.

The Rodgers brothers combined to catch 17 passes for 198 yards. Jacquizz rushed 24 times for 112 yards. Canfield completed 25 of 34 for 305 yards.

But give credit to the Bruins and Prince for fighting back.

The talk most of the week was how coach Rick Neuhiesel planned to play two quarterbacks -- Prince and Richard Brehaut. But Brehaut played only one series and didn't throw a pass. Prince, meanwhile, completed 22 of 34 for 323 yards with two touchdown and no interceptions. He was nine of 13 for 198 yards in the fourth quarter, but the clock ran out with the Bruins on the Oregon State 15-yard line.

Hard to believe now that Prince isn't the best option at quarterback.

Still, UCLA finds itself in a big hole. It falls to 3-5 overall and 0-5 in Pac-10 play. It plays host to Washington next Saturday, a must-win game for both teams bowl hopes.

Oregon State improved to 5-3, 3-2 and visits California.