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UCLA keeps OU reeling

September 18, 2005


— Oklahoma won't be making a return trip to the Rose Bowl this season.

Not after Drew Olson and UCLA piled on the struggling Sooners, with a 41-24 victory Saturday that sent No. 21 OU to its first 1-2 start since 1997.

The Sooners have played in the last two Bowl Championship Series title games, but they can forget about playing in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4, when this season's championship will be decided.

Oklahoma sputtered again on offense, with quarterback Rhett Bomar having four of the team's six fumbles. Adrian Peterson was held to 58 yards on 23 carries.

UCLA (3-0), which makes its home in the Rose Bowl, recovered three fumbles, including one by Peterson, and turned them into 17 points.

UCLA's Andrew Baumgartner (37) celebrates his touchdown catch against Oklahoma with teammate Marcedes Lewis. The Bruins beat the Sooners, 41-24, Saturday in Pasadena, Calif.

UCLA's Andrew Baumgartner (37) celebrates his touchdown catch against Oklahoma with teammate Marcedes Lewis. The Bruins beat the Sooners, 41-24, Saturday in Pasadena, Calif.

"You're not going to win when you turn the ball over and put the ball on the ground like we did," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "It's just poor football. Until we can be responsible with the ball, it's impossible to win."

For UCLA, the win ranks as one of its biggest - if not they biggest - in three seasons under coach Karl Dorrell.

Olson threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns and went 28-of-38 against an Oklahoma defense stacked to stop the run. The Bruins pulled away from a 20-17 lead in the fourth.

Missouri 52, Troy 21

Columbia, Mo. - Marcus Woods had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown to lead a big day for Missouri's special teams and also scored on a one-yard run. The Tigers (2-1) also blocked a punt to help snap a four-game losing streak at home, against the team that knocked the Tigers out of the rankings for good last season in Week 2. Missouri didn't stumble in the rematch, putting the game away with a 25-point third quarter that featured both of Woods' scores.

Baylor 20, Army 10

West Point, N.Y. - Baylor overcame three turnovers, eight penalties and a few stalled drives to beat Army. Shawn Bell completed 20 of 30 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown, giving the Bears a 3-0 record for the first time since 1996. The Bears also won their second consecutive road game, a feat they haven't accomplished in nine years. They had dropped 44 of 47 away from home.

Nebraska 7, Pittsburgh 6

Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska survived another inept offensive performance to remain unbeaten. Adam Ickes blocked Josh Cummings' 46-yard field goal attempt as time ran out, and the Cornhuskers hung on for a victory that sent first-year coach Dave Wannstedt's Panthers to an 0-3 start for the first time since 1984.

Texas A&M; 66, SMU 8

College Station, Texas - Reggie McNeal set a school record with 449 total yards, throwing for 349 yards and running for 100 in just three quarters to lead Texas A&M.; The Aggies (1-1) led 24-8 at halftime and scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions in the second half to stretch the lead.

No. 2 Texas 51, Rice 10

Austin, Texas - Freshman Jamaal Charles ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, leading Texas. Charles had a pair of 25-yard scoring runs in the first quarter and added another four-yard TD in the second as Texas (3-0) built a 42-0 halftime lead.

No. 19 Texas Tech 80, Sam Houston State 21

Lubbock, Texas - Cody Hodges threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, leading Texas Tech (2-0) to its highest-scoring game in 52 years. The fifth-year senior added 80 yards passing and another TD throw in the third quarter to put Tech up, 56-7, before backup Graham Harrell took over.

Oklahoma State 20, Arkansas State 10

Stillwater, Okla. - Bobby Reid threw a touchdown pass in his first career start, and Oklahoma State's defense stymied Arkansas State's late scoring threats. Julius Crosslin scored from the one to put Oklahoma State (3-0) ahead by 10, and Kelvin Mickens intercepteed Nick Noce's pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter to squash any hopes of a comeback.


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