12:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004
Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Drew Olson threw three touchdown passes and Maurice Drew rushed for 142 yards Saturday to help UCLA snap a six-game losing streak with a 35-17 win over Illinois.
Olson completed scoring passes of 41 and 14 yards to Craig Bragg in the first half and threw a 15-yard score to Marcedes Lewis in the fourth quarter as the Bruins snapped a string of losses dating back to last Nov. 1.
Manuel White added 97 yards rushing for the Bruins (1-1), who had 481 yards of total offense, their second straight game with more than 400 yards. Olson finished 14-of-21 for 208 yards.
Illinois (1-1) played the second half without senior quarterback Jon Beutjer, who injured his ribs late in the first half. Backup Brad Bower, a redshirt freshman, was 11-of-15 for 102 yards and ran for another 39 yards, leading the Illini to 10 second-half points.
But three turnovers hurt Illinois. The Bruins converted a fumble and an interception into touchdowns.
UCLA scored on its first two possessions of the game. After taking over on downs after Illinois failed on a fourth-and-1 at the UCLA 4, the Bruins marched 96 yards, ending with Olson's 41-yard touchdown throw to Bragg.
After forcing the Illini to punt, the Bruins went to the run and Drew completed a five-play, 65-yard drive with a 47-yard touchdown run.
The Bruins came out in the second half with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to take a 28-7 lead with 10:20 to play in the third quarter.
Beutjer was 12-of-22 for 146 yards before he was hurt. He hit Franklin Payne from 16 yards out for Illinois' first touchdown with 13:47 left in the first half.
E.B. Halsey rushed for 97 yards and Kendrick Jones caught six passes for 110 yards for the Illini.
|3rd Down Conversions||3-10||8-16|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-3|
|TD||9:19||CRAIG BRAGG 41 YD PASS FROM DREW OLSON (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 96 yards.
|TD||5:37||MAURICE DREW 47 YD RUN (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||13:47||FRANKLIN PAYNE 16 YD PASS FROM JON BEUTJER (JASON REDA KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||3:58||CRAIG BRAGG 14 YD PASS FROM DREW OLSON (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||10:20||MANUEL WHITE JR. 1 YD RUN (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:35||E.B. HALSEY 4 YD RUN (JASON REDA KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yards.
|FG||11:23||JASON REDA 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||8:12||MARCEDES LEWIS 15 YD PASS FROM DREW OLSON (JUSTIN MEDLOCK KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yards.