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
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.