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UCLA 29, Arizona State 28 (final)

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UCLA controls its own destiny.

The Bruins improved their record to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the South Division of the Pacific 12 Conference, which moves them into a tie for first place with Arizona State (6-3, 4-2). What's more, UCLA holds the tiebreaker with their victory Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

But the Bruins didn't get there easily.

In fact, even if that game going on in the Deep South is said to be the Game of the Century, there's a good chance it won't live up to what transpired tonight in Pasadena.

At the finish, Arizona State kicker Alex Garoutte was short on a 46-yard field-goal attempt as time expired. 

Just before that, the Sun Devils moved down field from their 24-yard line to the Bruins' 29 largely on three plays: a 20-yard pass from Brock Osweiler to Gerrell Robinson, a controversial pass interference call on UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester and a 12-yard pass from Osweiler to Mike Willie.

But Garoutte couldn't come through. He missed all three of his field-goal attempts tonight. He had missed only three all season coming into the game.

Some final stats: 

--The Bruins tallied 416 total yards, and 220 of them came on the ground. Derrick Coleman had 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 17 carries. Quaterback Kevin Prince had 61 yards in 15 rushes.

--Arizona State had 465 total yards, 264 through the air from Osweiler, who completed 22 of 38 passes and threw for two touchdowns. Robinson was his main target, catching six passes for 131 yards.

--Prince completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Rosario caught five passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.  

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Here's a recap of the game:

UCLA 29, Arizona State 28 (late in the fourth quarter)

The Bruins have shown plenty of fight tonight and just retook the lead with 49 seconds left after a one-yard touchdown run by Derrick Coleman with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

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UCLA football: Kevin Prince gets another chance, rallies the Bruins

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Kevin Prince had three passes intercepted in a 49-20 loss to Texas three weeks ago. He went home and went to bed.

“I woke up a 6 a.m., opened my laptop and started watching the game tape,” Prince said. “I didn’t sleep too well.”

After throwing two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in rallying UCLA to a 28-25 victory over Washington State on Saturday, Prince was planning the same routine . . . mostly.

“I’m going home and going to sleep,” Prince said. “But I might sleep in a little bit late.”

Prince earned the rest after pulling UCLA back from the precipice of defeat. He replaced starter Richard Brehaut, who fractured an ankle in the second quarter, and put the Bruins tied for second place in the Pacific 12 Conference South Division with the comeback win.

With UCLA trailing, 22-14, Prince drove the Bruins 58 yards, throwing a nine-yard touchdown strike to Josh Smith with 10 minutes 52 seconds left.

With UCLA trailing 25-20, Prince drove the Bruins 71 yards, with 58 coming on a completion to Nelson Rosario. Prince tossed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Shaquelle Evans with 3:26 left and then hit Rosario for the two-point conversion and final margin of victory.

“I have never been in that position before, being shoved into a game coming off the bench,” Prince said. “I hate that Richard got hurt. I love Richard.”

But, Prince said, “It was fun to be able to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Prince completed eight of 13 passes for 173 yards. It was his first game since facing Texas. He left that game with an injured left shoulder and was booed as he walked off the field following the third interception.

He was booed when entering the game Saturday. Moments later there were cheers, after he completed a 41-yard pass to Rosario to set up Derrick Coleman’s second one-yard touchdown run of the game.

Did Prince hear the boos?

“How could you not hear them?” he said.

And the cheers?

“I heard that too,” Prince said. “Football fans are football fans, they want to see their team win.

“Personally, being a sports fan, I have gotten mad at players who haven’t made plays. That goes with the game. It doesn’t necessarily affect me.”

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--Chris Foster

Photo: Bruins quarterback Kevin Prince throws a touchdown pass to receiver Shaquelle Evans for the go-ahead score against the Cougars in the fourth quarter Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Texas 49, UCLA 20 (final)

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Texas turned the tables.

Embarrassed last season in Austin when they were run over by UCLA in a three-touchdown loss, the Longhorns delivered payback in an even bigger way Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

With a lot of help from the host Bruins.

UCLA committed four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions of passes thrown by Kevin Prince, and the Bruins were unable to recover.

Texas, ranked No. 23 by Associated Press, ran its record to 3-0 by running and passing at will. Sophomore Case McCoy completed 12 of 15 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Malcolm Brown ran for 110 yards and a touchdown in 22 carries.

And the UCLA running game, unstoppable in this matchup a year ago, simply couldn't bust enough big plays to get the Bruins back in the game.

UCLA, which ran for 264 yards in a 34-12 win over Texas last season, gained 141 yards in 34 carries  Saturday.

Prince, making the start at quarterback after missing last week's win over San Jose State because of a shoulder injury, was benched after having three of his seven passes picked off.

Richard Brehaut came on to complete eight of 19 passes for 150 yards.

UCLA is 1-2 and will open Pacific 12 Conference play next Saturday at Oregon State.

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Texas 49, UCLA 20 (2:57 left in fourth quarter)

From start to finish, the Texas offense is cashing in opportunities provided by its defense.

Taking over at midfield after stuffing UCLA on a fourth-and-one play, the Longhorns drove 50 yards in 11 plays for their seventh touchdown in 11 possessions.

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UCLA football: Houston defeats Bruins, 38-34

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Quarterback Kevin Prince has a concussion, but UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel might have the bigger headache after Houston held on for a 38-34 win over the Bruins on Saturday afternoon at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

UCLA's defense simply couldn't contain Cougars quarterback Case Keenum, who might own a couple of NCAA career records when he's finished this season. In the season opener for both teams, he showed why, completing 30 of 40 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 30 yards.

Prince, UCLA's starting quarterback, completed his first three passes, but sustained a game-ending concussion when he was upended on a play in the second quarter.

Backup Richard Brehaut came on to complete 17 of 26 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 87 yards and a touchdown in 13 carries.

Offense wasn't the problem for the Bruins. Johnathan Franklin ran for 128 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries and UCLA outgained Houston, 554 yards to 469.

Tight end Joseph Fauria, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Notre Dame, led UCLA receivers with six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Brehaut connected with Anthony Barr on an 11-yard scoring pass with 1 minute 19 seconds left in the game, but Kip Smith's extra point was blocked and Houston easily recovered an onside kick.

--Mike Hiserman

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QUARTER-BY-QUARTER RECAP:

Houston 38, UCLA 28 (fourth quarter)

Houston refuses to fold. The Cougars, leading by three, get a defensive stop. Quarterback Case Keenum puts the ball in the end zone again, although it required a kind bounce.

Keenum completed a jail-break screen to Tyrone Carrier, who had the ball knocked loose at the one-yard line. Center Chris Thompson recovered the fumble in the end zone for the touchdown.

Houston 31, UCLA 28 (late third quarter)

The Cougars were on the verge of upping their lead when running back Bryce Bell fumbled on the UCLA five-yard line. The Bruins went 95 yards in nine plays.

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UCLA football: Quarterback Kevin Prince shines in practice

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The Kevin Prince that UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel has been waiting to see appeared at practice Wednesday morning.

Prince looked very much like the guy who won the Bruins’ quarterback job the last two seasons, completing 11 of 17 passes during 11-on-11 drills.

Of the misses, two were drops and another was broken up by a defender. His passes were crisp and -- pleasing to Neuheisel’s eyes -- on target.

“I thought it was maybe as good a practice as he has had,” Neuheisel said. “It’s like anything that requires skill and touch, it’s about confidence. A golfer with confidence can hit any shot. A golfer without it is playing defense all day long. We want to coach him hard but we also want to remind him he’s a good player.”

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UCLA football: Quarterback Kevin Prince cleared to do more work in spring

Photo: UCLA Bruins quarterback Kevin Prince (14) walks off the field after losing to the USC Trojans 28-7 in a Pac-10 NCAA football game Nov. 28, 2009 at the Coliseum. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince has been cleared to increase his participation in spring practice.

Prince underwent knee surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee and also had a microfracture procedure to stimulate the growth of new cartilage in October.

Prince was limited to individual passing drills but was cleared to run laterally by his doctor. That will allow him to participate in seven-on-seven drills. He will still be held out of all contact drills.

Richard Brehaut, Brett Hundley and Nick Crissman are the only scholarship quarterbacks participating in spring practice. Darius Bell is out following shoulder surgery.

A decision on the starting quarterback is expected to be made in August. Prince was the No. 1 quarterback heading into the 2010 season but started five games before being sidelined with the knee injury. Brehaut replaced him.

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-- Chris Foster

Photo: UCLA Bruins quarterback Kevin Prince (14) walks off the field after losing to the USC Trojans 28-7 in a Pac-10 NCAA football game Nov. 28, 2009 at the Coliseum. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times

UCLA football: Quarterback Kevin Prince sidelined for spring practice

Kevin_600 Quarterback Kevin Prince, who UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel hoped would be available on a limited basis during spring practice, is unlikely to participate.

Prince injured his right knee last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery and had a microfracture procedure. He will continue to rehabilitate the knee.

“Kevin will not do much except isolated throwing,” Neuheisel said Wednesday. “I had hoped that he could do seven-on-seven drills, but I’m told he won’t be able to.”

The Bruins will be short on quarterbacks during the spring practice, which begins Tuesday.

Darius Bell is out after shoulder surgery. Nick Crissman will be on a “pitch count,” Neuheisel said, after having a second shoulder surgery. Richard Brehaut, who started seven games, will be available but has been playing on the baseball team this winter.

That may leave more time for incoming freshman Brett Hundley.

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UCLA football: Prince to have knee surgery; Brehaut takes over at quarterback [Updated]

Princebrehaut Richard Brehaut will start at quarterback tonight for UCLA in place of Kevin Prince when the Bruins play against No. 1 Oregon at Autzen Stadium. Prince will be out indefinitely as he prepares to have arthroscopic surgery Saturday on his injured right knee.

UCLA officials said the knee would be 'cleaned out' as doctors try to determine the cause of pain and swelling that has kept the starter from playing in two of the last three games.

A timetable for his return will be determined after the surgery.

This will be Brehaut’s second start. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards in a 42-28 victory over Washington State on Oct. 2

Prince has practiced little in the last week, as he underwent two MRI exams to determine the cause of pain and swelling in his knee. He was injured against Texas on Sept. 25 and sat out the following week against Washington State. Prince started against California on Oct. 9, but was only 13 of 31 for 99 yards passing.

The Bruins concerns about the quarterback are such that walk-on Clayton Tunney traveled to Eugene. Darius Bell is the team’s only quarterback on scholarship other than Prince and Brehaut.

--Chris Foster

Photo: Bruins quarterbacks Richard Brehaut, left, and Kevin Prince confer on the sideline during a 35-7 loss at California. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

UCLA football: Kevin Prince to start at quarterback for Bruins

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince was cleared medically to practice and play, and will start against California on Saturday, providing he does not have a setback.

“He said he feels good, now we have to be careful we don’t overwork him [in practice],” Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Prince missed Saturday’s game against Washington State with a knee injury. Richard Brehaut started in his place.

Bruins’ coaches were waiting to see if Prince was well enough to run with the ball.

Prince said Monday his leg was “fine.”

California has already faced the "pistol" offense once this season, losing, 52-31, to Nevada. Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick had room to run, gaining 148 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

 “Kaepernick had a number of long runs and also made some great plays on third down to keep drives alive,” Neuheisel said.

Prince has not run as much as Kaepernick in the Bruins’ version of the offense. He has 142 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in four games.

 “I don’t think that is necessarily who we are,” Neuheisel said about relying on Prince to gain large chunks of yards rushing, but he added, “Kevin has shown the ability make plays with his legs.”

Brehaut gained eight yards in five carries and scored one in the 42-28 victory over California.

“The good news is Richard has a little experience under his belt,” Neuheisel said. “We won’t hesitate if we have to put him in the game.”

--Chris Foster

 

UCLA football: Richard Brehaut to start at quarterback

Richard Brehaut will start at quarterback for UCLA Saturday against Washington State at the Rose Bowl.

Kevin Prince, the Bruins’ No. 1 quarterback, was re-injured after running one play, a handoff, during practice Thursday.

Brehuat, a sophomore, will be making his first start at UCLA. He has played in seven games for the Bruins, including a relief appearance against Stanford this season. He completed five of nine passes for 42 and had one pass intercepted against the Cardinal.

Prince was injured during the 34-12 victory over Texas. He was unable to practice during the week because of swelling and pain. He had the knee drained on Sunday.

--Chris Foster

UCLA vs. Stanford: Cardinal prove they're Pac-10 challengers with 35-0 victory

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Stanford 35, UCLA 0 (final)

Saturday night at the Rose Bowl was a proving ground.

Stanford proved that it can contend for a Pacific 10 Conference title, even on a night when quarterback Andrew Luck looked a little off.

UCLA proved it has a long way to go.

The Bruins have started the season with two consecutive losses after a dreary 35-0 defeat in this conference opener against the Cardinal.

The defense held up for as long as it could, keeping the score reasonably close for two-plus quarters, but the offense never posed much of a threat and key mistakes helped blow the score wide open.

Stanford dominated play throughout, starting with Luck's 16-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Whalen in the first quarter. Over the ensuing minutes, the Cardinal mounted two more drives but was stopped short of the goal line and settled for 23- and 21-yard field goals from Nate Whitaker.

So the score was 13-0 at halftime and UCLA seemed to have a chance. But not for long.

Bruin running back Derrick Coleman was knocked momentarily unconscious in the third quarter and taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays, though he had movement and sensation in his limbs.

After that, Stanford mounted an 18-play, 68-yard drive -- with a two-point conversion -- that all but put the game away at 21-0.

The gap grew even wider when Cardinal safety Michael Thomas ripped the ball from UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince's hands and sprinted 21 yards for a touchdown. Soon after, Luck capped another drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Coby Fleener and the score as 35-0.

Prince had a rough night, completing six of 12 passes for only 39 yards with an interception, and was replaced by Richard Brehaut at the end of the third quarter.

Even UCLA's star kicker, Kai Forbath, saw his streak of 40 consecutive field goals inside 50 yards end when he missed a 49-yard attempt.

The Bruins face Houston at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

Stanford 35, UCLA 0 (midway through fourth quarter)

Stanford went 51 yards in eight plays to widen its lead over UCLA in the fourth quarter.

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