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Bruins turn back Huskies with fourth-quarter rally


UW's Dashon Goldson, right, tips a pass intended for UCLA's Joe Cowan. 
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UW's Dashon Goldson, right, tips a pass intended for UCLA's Joe Cowan. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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PASADENA, Calif. – Drew Olson threw for a pair of second-half touchdowns and took No. 20 UCLA on a long scoring march in the closing minutes to rally the Bruins to a 21-17 victory Saturday night over the Washington Huskies.

Maurice Drew dived over from the 1-yard line with 1 minute, 8 seconds remaining to give the heavily favored Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference) their first lead of the game.

The Huskies (1-4, 0-2) were 21-point underdogs, but led 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter after holding a 10-0 edge at halftime. The Huskies were denied their first conference win since 2003.

Olson threw a 4-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis early in the third quarter, added a 1-yarder to Michael Pitre on the first play of the fourth quarter, then guided the Bruins on a 73-yard drive to the winning score.

After struggling and throwing a pair of interceptions in the first half, Olson finished 29 of 44 for 287 yards and the two scores.

He completed six consecutive passes after missing on his first attempt of the final drive, including a 39-yarder to Marcus Everett that moved the ball down to the Washington 20. Drew scored three plays later.

The win was the Bruins’ fifth in a row against the Huskies, and their eighth in the last nine meetings.

The Huskies’ defense held Drew, who ran for a UCLA-record 322 yards and five TDs in the Bruins’ 37-31 come-from-behind win in Seattle last year, to just 33 yards on 14 carries. He had an apparent 65-yard TD on a punt return called back in the second quarter.

Washington had a 50-yard scoring run by Louis Rankin nullified by a holding call late in the game and the Huskies instead had to punt away the ball with 3:39 remaining. Olson then took the Bruins down to their final touchdown.

Isaiah Stanback completed 14 of 26 passes for 188 yards, and ran for 50 yards and scored on a 1-yard sneak that gave the Huskies a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Kenny James ran 20 yards for a touchdown to put Washington up 10-0 early in the second quarter.

Evan Knudson, who later was short from 55 yards and wide left from 28 yards, put the Huskies on the board with his 18-yard field goal in the opening quarter.

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