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San Diego St. falls to UCLA — again

UCLA tailback Maurice Drew breaks away from the San Diego State defense and scores during the first half of the Bruins' win Saturday.
UCLA tailback Maurice Drew breaks away from the San Diego State defense and scores during the first half of the Bruins' win Saturday.
Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Maurice Drew capped UCLA's opening drive with a 57-yard touchdown run and linebacker Spencer Havner returned an interception 52 yards for another score, leading the Bruins to a 33-10 victory over San Diego State on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif.

Coming off an off week, UCLA (3-1) extended its winning streak against San Diego State to 17 games and improved its overall record against the Aztecs to 19-0-1.

The Bruins converted three turnovers into 13 points, including two of Justin Medlock's career-high four field goals.

Drew Olson completed 14 of 29 passes for 158 yards, including a 23-yard scoring strike to Tab Perry that gave UCLA a 27-3 cushion with 11 minutes left in the third quarter. Perry had three receptions for 34 yards in place of starting receiver Craig Bragg, sidelined because of a dislocated left shoulder.

Drew carried 21 times for 161 yards. Two weeks ago, the sophomore tailback had scoring runs of 62, 58, 47 and 37 yards in a 37-31 victory at Washington — while tying a Pac-10 record with five touchdowns and rushing for a school-record 322 yards.

San Diego State (2-2) controlled the ball for the first 4:40 of the game, settling for a 36-yard field goal by Garrett Palmer. Just three plays later on third-and-3 on the UCLA 43, Drew bounced off a missed tackle by strong safety Josh Dean and galloped the rest of the way untouched to put the Bruins ahead to stay with 9:28 left in the first quarter.

Havner, a junior who was moved back to inside linebacker this season after playing the outside position last year, increased UCLA's lead to 14-3. He stepped in front of Matt Dlugolecki's short intended pass for Marcus Edwards on third-and-6 at the UCLA 49 and raced all the way to the end zone with nine minutes left in the half.

It was Havner's seventh career interception and third for a touchdown. He also picked off a pass last year in the Bruins' 20-10 win over the Aztecs, which was tied 3-3 at halftime.

Medlock extended the margin to 20-3 with second-quarter field goals of 22 and 40 yards, the latter coming 23 seconds before halftime. He also had a 43-yarder and a 44-yarder in the fourth.

Medlock's 22-yarder came four plays after San Diego State punter Michael Hughes mishandled the center snap and recovered his own fumble on the 13 for a 23-yard loss.

Dlugolecki was 23 of 42 for 215 yards and was intercepted twice. Michael Franklin had a combined 94 yards on 11 rushes and eight receptions. Wide receiver Jeff Webb caught seven passes for 71 yards and redshirt freshman Brandon Bornes scored on a 1-yard run with a minute left in the third quarter.

Despite the absence of starting defensive tackle C.J. Niusulu, who served a one-game suspension for violating UCLA's athletic department policy, the Bruins held San Diego State to just 2 yards rushing in the first half and 133 for the game. UCLA entered with the worst rushing defense in the Pac-10.

WYOMING 31, LOUISIANA-MONROE 10: Head coaches are known to rant and rave until they are blue in the face, but sometimes it's best to let the players do the talking.

After taking a lackluster 14-10 lead over underdog Louisiana-Monroe in the first half, Wyoming's halftime locker room, by all accounts, exploded with players demanding a better effort of themselves.

"When we got in the locker room — it was no health spa," coach Joe Glenn recounted after the Cowboys scored 17 unanswered points in the second half in Laramie, Wyo. "It was a lot of guys screaming at a lot of guys."

Corey Bramlet acknowledged that there were players in each other's face, "which was a good thing."

Bramlet led three second-half scoring drives, and C.R. Davis rushed for two touchdowns as the Cowboys succeeded in their first 3-1 start since 1999.

Louisiana-Monroe (0-4) saw its losing streak extended to nine, dating back to last year. The Indians have lost 14 of their last 16.

UNLV 48, NEVADA 13: At Las Vegas, the Rebels exploded for 28 points in the final quarter to hand their instate rival a thumping and give coach John Robinson his first win of the year. The Rebels are now 1-4 on the year and Nevada falls to 2-3.