The "other" college quarterback in Los Angeles is pretty good, too. UCLA's Drew Olson, who plays in the shadow of USC's Matt Leinart, threw...
PASADENA, Calif. — The “other” college quarterback in Los Angeles is pretty good, too.
UCLA’s Drew Olson, who plays in the shadow of USC’s Matt Leinart, threw for a school-record six touchdowns yesterday in a 51-28 victory over Oregon State.
A week earlier, Olson tied Cade McNown’s UCLA mark of five scoring passes in a game. He now has thrown for 21 touchdowns with only three interceptions for UCLA (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10).
Before the outburst against the Beavers (4-3, 2-2), Olson had rallied the Bruins from late deficits against Washington, California and Washington State.
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“The game has slowed down for Drew. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, I don’t see us losing anytime soon,” said UCLA tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Olson completed scoring throws of 43 and 20 yards to Maurice Drew, 2 and 3 yards to Lewis, 48 yards to Ryan Moya and 46 yards to Brandon Breazell.
The record touchdown came on a perfectly thrown ball that Breazell, in full stride, caught over his shoulder for the Bruins’ final touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Olson completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards. In the first half, he threw two scoring strikes to Drew, one to Moya and another to Lewis as the Bruins built a 31-14 lead.
The quarterback wasn’t the only one providing firepower for the Bruins. Drew accounted for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 26 touches.
He rushed 21 times for 120 yards, including a 29-yarder when he seemed to be stacked up at the line but squirted free to set up UCLA’s fourth touchdown. Drew also had three catches for 67 yards and two TDs, and returned two punts for 63 yards, including breaking out of a crowd on a 59-yard return that set up the Bruins’ second touchdown.
“UCLA has a very good offense and they’re very balanced,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “Maurice Drew is an excellent player, their tight end [Lewis] is good, and so is their quarterback.”
Former UCLA quarterback Matt Moore, running back Yvenson Bernard and receiver Mike Hass helped the Beavers move the ball on the Bruins as well.
Moore, who lost the UCLA job to Olson late in the 2003 season and eventually transferred to Oregon State, went 15 of 25 for 279 and two TDs, with two interceptions.
“It was cool coming back here, nice to be back playing at the Rose Bowl,” Moore said. “It was not a big deal. I was just playing a football game.”
Bernard carried 31 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Hass had seven catches for 199 yards and two scores.