SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It took Maurice Drew and the UCLA Bruins just
one play to remind the San Diego State Aztecs how one-sided this
Drew raced 64 yards for a touchdown on UCLA's first play from
scrimmage and the Bruins never let up, beating San Diego State
44-21 Saturday night to keep the Aztecs winless in the series.
Drew finished with three touchdowns -- including a 72-yard punt
return -- and his backup, Chris Markey, scored twice. Drew carried
11 times for 114 yards and two scores. He cramped up early in the
third quarter, was treated in the locker room and didn't play
UCLA improved to 20-0-1 against the Aztecs, with the tie coming
in 1924. The Bruins have outscored the Aztecs 672-227 in 21 games.
The Bruins began their first drive from their 36 after forcing
SDSU to punt. Drew blew through a hole on the left side and sped
through the defense. One Aztec dived futilely at him at midfield,
and Drew outran cornerback Donny Baker into the end zone.
"That wasn't me, man," said Drew, who scored his 12th career
TD of more than 40 yards. "The O-line, they did their job. It was
like a gaping hole I had to run through. Once you get in the open
field as a running back, you're not supposed to get caught. They
got me out there and I just finished it."
Said left tackle Brian Abraham: "We just wanted to start the
game off with the most intensity, just give it to them early, and
we gave Maurice a hole and he took advantage of it."
Tight end Marcedes Lewis caught seven passes for 131 yards.
"Those two guys were the difference on offense, without a
doubt," San Diego State coach Tom Craft said. "Maurice Drew is a
great running back. He was a guy we had to stop."
The Bruins didn't punt until their ninth possession, early in
the fourth quarter. Inside linebacker Spencer Havner had an
interception and a sack, Nikola Dragovic had a sack and blocked a
San Diego State's Lynell Hamilton had two 1-yard touchdown runs
in his first game since breaking his lower right leg late in the
San Diego State briefly kept it close, pulling to 7-6 when
Hamilton scored on a 1-yard run to finish a 70-yard drive. Dragovic
blocked Garrett Palmer's PAT. Hamilton carried six straight times
for 20 yards to cap the drive.
Drew then scored two consecutive touchdowns as the Bruins pulled
He dived over the pile for a 1-yard TD with 9:49 left in the
second quarter, then scored on the punt return 2:12 later for a
21-6 lead. SDSU's Jacob Elimimian dived at Drew just after he
caught the punt but missed, and the tailback ran right through the
coverage to score. It was his second career punt return for a
touchdown, to go with two kickoff returns for TDs.
Markey scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the third quarter. His
first came early in the quarter, and he set up his second score
with a 71-yard kickoff return after SDSU's Kevin O'Connell threw a
27-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Webb.
UCLA's Justin Medlock kicked field goals of 23, 48 and 40 yards,
and missed from 48.
Hamilton scored on a 1-yard run with 11:52 left in the game.
O'Connell completed 19 of 26 passes for 204 yards, with two
interceptions. UCLA's Drew Olson was 10-of-15 for 152 yards.
"Those two interceptions were unacceptable," O'Connell said.
"I cannot afford to make those mistakes. They killed us tonight."
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