Oct. 20, 2007
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -With Cal in UCLA territory, Alterraun Verner intercepted Longshore's pass and sprinted 76 yards to the end zone with 1:33 remaining to seal Saturday's 30-21 victory over the No. 10 Golden Bears.
Kahlil Bell rushed for 142 yards on 22 carries and Kai Forbath kicked three field goals as UCLA (5-2, 4-0 Pac-10) remained perfect in conference play.
Cowan, back for the Bruins after being sidelined by a knee injury, went 18-for-27 for 161 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Breazell had four receptions for 68 yards, gained 21 yards on three carries, and threw a touchdown pass for UCLA.
The loss overshadowed a big day by the Bears' DeSean Jackson, who had nine receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Longshore, who missed the last game because of a sprained ankle, finished 22-of-34 for 232 yards and three touchdowns, but with three interceptions. After Verner's pick, Dennis Keyes intercepted Longshore's throw in the waning seconds and the Bruins ran out the clock.
The Bruins were coming off a bye that followed their 20-6 upset by Notre Dame. UCLA was down to third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson for most of that game after starter Ben Olson went out with a knee injury and Cowan already sidelined by his injury.
Cal was trying to bounce back from a 31-28 loss to Oregon State that knocked the Bears out of the No. 2 ranking on a day when a victory would have given them the No. 1 spot.
The Bruins moved ahead 23-21 on 27-yard field goal with 3:08 to play. The Bears appeared to be driving toward a potential winning field goal when Verner made his dramatic interception return.
Jackson had given the Bears a 21-20 lead when he hauled in a 2-yard TD pass from Longshore late in the third quarter.
UCLA went ahead 20-14 on a trick play early in the third quarter. Breazell got the ball on a reverse, pulled up and threw a 29-yard pass to Dominique Johnson in the back of the end zone.
The Bears tried their own version of the play later in the quarter, but the Bruins' secondary didn't bite and Jackson was sacked for a 2-yard loss.
Longshore threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half to stake the Bears to a 14-13 lead. UCLA got a pair of field goals by Forbath and a short scoring pass by Cowan to keep it close.
Cal missed a chance to put three points on the board on the final play of the half when Jordan Kay's 44-yard field goal attempt strayed wide left.
Jackson, all alone behind the UCLA secondary, caught Longshore's pass in stride on a 39-yard scoring pass to put the Bears up 14-10 midway through the second quarter. The Bruins narrowed the gap to one point on Forbath's 28-yarder 5:42 before halftime.
UCLA took a brief 10-7 lead on Cowan's 2-yard touchdown pass to Logan Paulsen. Bell set up the score one play earlier when he darted through the defense on a 64-yard run, the longest of his career, down to the 2.
Longshore's 21-yard TD pass to Craig Stevens to cap a 71-yard drive on the Bears' second possession gave them a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The Bruins answered with a long drive of their own, but it stalled and Forbath kicked a 32-yarder.
UCLA linebacker Christian Taylor was taken off the field in the fourth quarter. He apparently had a concussion and was taken to the hospital for tests.