Corey Bramlet drilled a 12-yard touchdown pass to John Wadkowski with 57 seconds left last night to give Wyoming its first bowl victory in 38 years, a 24-21 win over UCLA. Bramlet finished 20 of...
LAS VEGAS — Corey Bramlet drilled a 12-yard touchdown pass to John Wadkowski with 57 seconds left last night to give Wyoming its first bowl victory in 38 years, a 24-21 win over UCLA.
Bramlet finished 20 of 34 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. He took the Cowboys 72 yards to the winning score on a drive that began with 4:02 remaining.
He kept the drive alive with a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one at the Bruins’ 27. A pass-interference call against UCLA cornerback Matt Clark moved the ball to the 12, and Bramlet found Wadkowski open across the middle.
Wyoming (7-5) had lost six straight bowl games dating to a 1966 Sun Bowl victory over Florida State. The Cowboys hadn’t played in a bowl since 1993, when Kansas State beat them 52-17 in the Copper Bowl.
Jovon Bouknight of Wyoming had five catches for 107 yards and threw a touchdown pass.
Trailing 21-10 early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys cut their deficit to four points on a trick play, with Bouknight throwing a 22-yard scoring pass to J.J. Raterink off a reverse.
Bramlet rallied the Cowboys after UCLA reserve quarterback David Koral threw two touchdown passes to put the Bruins ahead.
Koral, a junior-college transfer who hadn’t thrown a pass for UCLA, took over when Drew Olson went down with a sprained left knee 4:47 before halftime with the Bruins trailing 10-7.
Koral’s second college pass went for a 17-yard touchdown to Craig Bragg with 1:50 left in the half, then he connected on a 25-yarder to Bragg midway though the third quarter to build the lead to 21-10.
Maurice Drew rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries for UCLA.
The Bruins (6-6) beat New Mexico 27-13 in the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl, their only win in their past six bowl appearances.
Koral finished 7 of 12 for 89 yards and the two touchdowns. Olson, 6 of 12 for 96 yards and one TD, twisted his knee on a sack by John Flora.
Wyoming took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the favored Bruins began to come back.
UCLA closed the gap to 10-7 in the second quarter on Olson’s 29-yard TD pass to Junior Taylor.
Koral, who had taken only five snaps for the Bruins, scrambled to his right and threw accurately on the dead run to Bragg in the right side of the end zone to put the Bruins up 14-10.
Bragg made a spectacular leaping grab and got his feet down just in bounds in the end zone for the third-quarter TD that gave the Bruins an 11-point lead.
|College football bowl lineup|
|Date||Bowl||Site||Matchup, score||Time (TV)|
|Dec. 14||New Orleans Bowl||New Orleans||Southern Mississippi 31, North Texas 10|
|Dec. 21||Champs Sports Bowl||Orlando, Fla.||Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14|
|Dec. 22||GMAC Bowl||Mobile, Ala.||Bowling Green 52, Memphis 35|
|Yesterday||Fort Worth Bowl||Fort Worth, Texas||Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14|
|Yesterday||Las Vegas Bowl||Las Vegas||Wyoming 24, UCLA 21|
|Today||Hawaii Bowl||At Honolulu||UAB (7-4) vs. Hawaii (7-5)||4 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 27||MPC Computers Bowl||Boise, Idaho||Fresno State (8-3) vs. Virginia (8-3)||11 a.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 27||Motor City Bowl||Detroit||Toledo (9-3) vs. Connecticut (7-4)||2:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 28||Independence Bowl||Shreveport, La.||Iowa State (6-5) vs. Miami (Ohio) (8-4)||3:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 28||Insight Bowl||Phoenix||Oregon State (6-5) vs. Notre Dame (6-5)||6:45 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 29||Houston Bowl||Houston||Texas-El Paso (8-3) vs. Colorado (7-5)||1:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 29||Alamo Bowl||San Antonio||Ohio State (7-4) vs. Oklahoma State (7-4)||5 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 30||Continental Tire Bowl||Charlotte, N.C.||Boston College (8-3) vs. North Carolina (6-5)||10 a.m. (ESPN2)|
|Dec. 30||Emerald Bowl||San Francisco||New Mexico (7-4) vs. Navy (9-2)||1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)|
|Dec. 30||Holiday Bowl||San Diego||California (10-1) vs. Texas Tech (7-4)||5 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 30||Silicon Valley Classic||San Jose, Calif.||Troy (7-4) vs. Northern Illinois (8-3)||8 p.m. (ESPN2)|
|Dec. 31||Music City Bowl||Nashville, Tenn.||Alabama (6-5) vs. Minnesota (6-5)||9 a.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 31||Sun Bowl||El Paso, Texas||Purdue (7-4) vs. Arizona State (8-3)||11 a.m. (CBS)|
|Dec. 31||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, Tenn.||Boise State (11-0) vs. Louisville (10-1)||12:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 31||Peach Bowl||Atlanta||Miami (8-3) vs. Florida (7-4)||4:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Jan. 1||Cotton Bowl||Dallas||Tennessee (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (7-4)||8 a.m. (FOX)|
|Jan. 1||Outback Bowl||Tampa, Fla.||Wisconsin (9-2) vs. Georgia (9-2)||8 a.m. (ESPN)|
|Jan. 1||Gator Bowl||Jacksonville, Fla.||Florida State (8-3) vs. West Virginia (8-3)||9:30 a.m. (NBC)|
|Jan. 1||Capital One Bowl||Orlando, Fla.||Iowa (9-2) vs. LSU (9-2)||10 a.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 1||Rose Bowl||Pasadena, Calif.||Michigan (9-2) vs. Texas (10-1)||2 p.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 1||Fiesta Bowl||Tempe, Ariz.||Utah (11-0) vs. Pittsburgh (8-3)||5:30 p.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 3||Sugar Bowl||New Orleans||Auburn (12-0) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2)||5 p.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 4||Orange Bowl||Miami||USC(12-0) vs. Oklahoma (12-0)||5 p.m. (ABC)|