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Bears Rally To Force Overtime, Fall 23-20
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/18/2003

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Drew Olson threw for two touchdowns, Brandon Chillar ran 65 yards to score after a blocked field goal, then Justin Medlock kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime as UCLA outlasted California 23-20 on Saturday.

Trailing since early in the game, the Bears rallied for a touchdown and 2-point conversion with 11 seconds remaining to force overtime. Their comeback ended, however, when Tyler Frederickson's 50-yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright.

The Bruins (5-2, 3-0 Pac-10) got the ball first in overtime and managed just 1 yard on two rushes before Olson threw an incomplete pass. Medlock then trotted on and drilled his kick.

The Bears (3-5, 1-2) wound up with a longer field-goal try after Aaron Rodgers dumped the ball off to Adimchinobe Echemandu on third-and-9 from the 24. Echemandu tried to reverse his field and scramble into the open - but instead was dropped for a 9-yard loss.

Olson finished 9-of-20 for 173 yards.

Rodgers threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Burl Toler on fourth-and-10 with 11 seconds left in regulation. Toler caught the pass at the 2 and spun over the goal line as a defender hit him.

Rodgers then rolled right and threw to Echemandu, who was just over the goal line, for the 2-point conversion to tie it at 20.

Rodgers, who finished 28-of-41 for 222 yards, engineered the 68-yard scoring drive that started with 2:19 remaining.

The Bruins had blown the PAT after their fourth-quarter touchdown, or they would have had a nine-point lead.

Olson connected on scoring passes of 31 yards to Marcedes Lewis on the Bruins' first series of the game, and 40 yards to Craig Bragg early in the second half.

Spencer Havner twice blocked Frederickson's field goal tries, the second resulting in Chillar's fourth-quarter touchdown as the Bears were threatening to take the lead.

Trailing 14-3, the Bears closed within two points with a field goal and a touchdown in a 2:19 span of the third quarter.

After Frederickson kicked a 39-yarder, the Bears got the ball back on the UCLA 6 when Wendell Hunter recovered Olson's fumble. The Bruins' quarterback lost the ball as he was being sacked by Monte Parson.

Two plays later, Rodgers scored on a quarterback draw from 3 yards out. His pass on the 2-point conversion attempt sailed high over the head of Geoff McArthur.

Frederickson made a 47-yarder with 2:51 left in the first quarter after missing a 51-yard attempt earlier. The Bruins' Havner blocked Frederickson's 34-yard try midway through the second quarter.

On the ensuing series, Ebell ran 82 yards to an apparent touchdown, but it was called back and the Bruins were penalized for holding on the play.

The Bears have lost two in a row after upsetting No. 4 Southern California 34-31 in triple overtime. Cal lost 35-21 to Oregon State, then had a bye before facing UCLA.

By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer


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