PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Washington State's Jerome Harrison
turned the game into a personal homecoming.
The running back dashed and darted his way for 247 yards and
three touchdowns Saturday to power the underdog Cougars to a 31-29
victory over UCLA.
During his busy afternoon, the transfer from junior college in
Pasadena also set a school record by carrying the ball 42 times.
"I didn't even know about the record. When the coach told me, I
thought he was joking," Harrison said.
"This is my home away from home. My family was here, so this
game really meant something to me."
Harrison, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior, scored on runs of 25, 45
and 10 yards, but even with his outstanding performance, the
Cougars (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) barely held off UCLA (5-4, 3-3).
The Bruins failed on a 2-point conversion try with 42 seconds
remaining when Drew Olson threw incomplete.
Washington State's Steve Broussard previously held the WSU
record, with 41 carries against Oregon in 1989. Harrison's 247
yards were the most by a WSU runner since 1984, when Rueben Mayes
rushed for 357 yards against Oregon. That stands as a school
"Our offensive line really stepped up," Harrison said. "I
love them to death. You could run with a blindfold on, the way our
offensive line blocked."
Harrison's first TD came one play after the Bruins fumbled the
opening kickoff and WSU recovered at the 25.
Cougars coach Bill Doba thought that was a good sign.
"Once Jerome started doing what he did early, I just stuck with
him," Doba said.
The Cougars rolled up 506 yards to snap a four-game losing
streak. UCLA's defense, which had shut out Stanford in a 21-0 win a
week earlier, obviously was porous.
There obviously was some dissension on the Bruins' defense.
"UCLA began bickering with each other. That's when we knew we
had the game," WSU tackle Calvin Armstrong said.
The Bruins' offense sputtered much of the game and finished with
308 yards. UCLA (5-4, 3-3) lost to WSU for the fourth consecutive
Redshirt freshman Alex Brink, making his third start since Josh
Swogger went out for the year with an injury, completed 17 of 27
passes for 185 yards and one touchdown for the Cougars. He threw no
Olson went 18-of-39 for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the
Bruins, both in the fourth quarter. He threw one interception and
lost a fumble.
Craig Bragg had five catches for 28 yards to set a UCLA record
for career receptions. He has 180, one more than Kevin Jordan in
Olson's second touchdown, a 4-yarder to Manuel White, drew UCLA
within two points. After White made a sensational, one-handed grab
of the ball thrown behind him at the goal line, the Bruins called a
time-out to set up their conversion play.
Olson scrambled to the right on an option, was hemmed in by
linebacker Scott Davis, then heaved a desperation pass into a crowd
in the middle of the field. The ball was tipped and dropped to the
"I'd rather lose by 50," Olson said.
On the conversion try, "They basically mugged us. They got us
and that was that," Olson said.
With the Bruins trailing 31-16, he found Tab Perry open across
the middle and hit him in stride on a 47-yard touchdown play 1:26
into the final quarter.
Harrison scored his third touchdown on a slashing 10-yard run on
the second play of the fourth quarter to give Washington State a
31-16 lead. A Brinks-to-Jason Hill pass covered 56 yards down to
the UCLA 27.
The Cougars' first two TDs came after UCLA turnovers, including
a fumble by Perry on the opening kickoff.
After Jeremy Bohannon picked off an Olson throw at the WSU 6 and
returned it to the 30 to stop a UCLA threat, Harrison ran 45 yards
to make it 14-7 late in the first quarter.
The Cougars took only 18 seconds to go up 7-0. Jesse Taylor
recovered Perry's fumble at the UCLA 25, and Harrison swept right
and into the end zone on the next play.