Oct. 29, 2011
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Freshman safety Tevin McDonald made the first three interceptions of his college career, Derrick Coleman scored three touchdowns, and UCLA bounced back from one of its most embarrassing losses in years to beat California, 31-14, on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
McDonald's interceptions set up two touchdowns and a field goal for the Bruins (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12), who took the heat off much-maligned coach Rick Neuheisel, at least for the time being, with their most impressive performance of the season.
The Bruins scored 24 of their 31 points after turnovers in handing Cal (4-4, 1-4) its fourth loss in five games. The Bears committed five turnovers, four on interceptions thrown by Zach Maynard, who was 14 of 30 for 199 yards.
The Golden Bears held the lead 7-0 midway through the second quarter, after Isi Sofele scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. But the Bruins rattled off 17-straight points to hold a 17-7 lead at half.
C.J. Anderson punched in a 1-yard touchdown for Cal less than two minutes into the third quarter to bring the Bears within three, but they could get no closer.
Coleman scored on runs of 2, 20 and 24 yards while rushing for 80 yards on 16 carries. Kevin Prince gained a career-high 163 yards on 19 carries and completed 9 of 18 passes for 92 yards.D.J. Campbell paced Cal on defense with a career-high 11 tackles and his second fumble recovery in as many games. Campbell picked up the fumble when UCLA muffed a punt at the outset of the second half. The fumble recovery preceded Anderson's touchdown to pull the Bears within three.
While the Bruins held standout receiver Marvin Jones to just one catch for 11 yards, extending his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 33, Anthony Miller stepped up big for the Bears, producing a career-high-tying five catches for a season-high 67 yards.
Cal's All-American candidate Keenan Allen once again led the Bears in receiving with seven receptions for 83 yards. He also had one rush for 12 yards.