first_imgCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: The receiver’s 69-yard touchdown gets Bruins going at OSU. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER CORVALLIS, Ore. – UCLA experienced three quarters of offensive brutality and defensive frustration, and it was hard to tell whether the rain drops or the Bruins’ season was falling harder. Throw in the Utah flashbacks, and the Bruins were in trouble. Deep trouble. Which is when Brandon Breazell took a stagnant, tripping-over-itself offense and lifted it onto his skinny shoulders by turning a screen pass into a 69-yard score that gave the Bruins their first lead with 9:12 to play. That kickstarted a 28-point fourth-quarter that turned a potentially stinging loss into a deceptive 40-14 defeat of stunned Oregon State before 41,137 Saturday at Reser Stadium. That the Bruins (4-1, 3-0 Pacific-10) trailed 14-0 after the first quarter, then persevered through offensive shortcomings to win for just the third time in their last nine road games was a common theme in the locker room. “This is the biggest game of our career, the biggest game of our season,” said fifth-year UCLA cornerback Trey Brown, who had two interceptions. “On the road, we’ve struggled with that, at times. In order to be a good team, a championship-type of team, you’ve got to win on the road. And we proved we can go to somebody else’s house and go out and take one.” Two weeks ago, UCLA trailed, 17-6, midway through the third quarter at Utah, than lost its poise and was drilled, 44-6. The Bruins admitted that memory was in their minds. “It was huge. It was very important for us to come out here and get a victory,” UCLA quarterback Ben Olson said. “In this kind of environment, and to come into a place that is known to be hard to play at, and to come away with a victory, it’s huge for not only this game, but for the rest of the year, for our confidence.” Breazell turned the game with his catch, his breaking of a tackle, and his running, but Oregon State (2-3, 0-2) placed the pretty blue and gold bow on the win with its inability to handle a rudimentary kickoff. After Breazell’s touchdown, Oregon State’s Gerard Lawson fumbled the kickoff and Matt Slater fell on it. “The ball was just laying there,” Slater said. “I couldn’t believe he didn’t make an attempt to get back on it, or nobody else was there to get on it. I just hopped on it, and it was like, `Happy birthday.’ It was just sitting there.” It only took three plays for UCLA to capitalize. Kahlil Bell, who fumbled on UCLA’s first two offensive plays (the second was returned 33 yards by Al Afalava for a TD), finished the short drive with a 4-yard run to make it 26-14. Lawson then fumbled on the next kickoff, which was recovered by Rodney Van on Oregon State’s 39. After four Chris Markey runs, Olson connected with Breazell for a 30-yard score. “We came through when it mattered the most, and that’s the most important thing,” Olson said. “We just wore them down, plain and simple. Out there at the end, we were playing harder than they were.” In two minutes, 45 seconds, UCLA scored 21 points and turned a 14-12 offensive mess into a 33-14 lead, and made it seem ancillary the Bruins didn’t have a first down until the 8:35 mark of the second quarter. And the Beavers demonstrated losing last week’s 19-0 lead at Arizona State wasn’t a one-time trick. “I was very disappointed with the way we started the game,” UCLA offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “We called our two most simple plays, and we end up with turnovers. It was almost like we were meant to play from behind and have to win a tough game.” Olson was spotty, throwing a costly third-quarter interception on Oregon State’s 16-yard line, but he also made several big throws in the fourth quarter. He finished 14-for-25 for 220 yards with two touchdowns. The Bruins ran 50 times for 133 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per carry, but also amassed more rushing yards than Oregon State allowed all season. The Beavers yielded 118 in four games. UCLA was able to remain patient offensively because its defense was shutting down a half-dimensional Beavers attack. With quarterback Sean Canfield coming off a five-interception performance, Oregon State went conservative. Yvenson Bernard ran for 125 yards on 27 attempts, but only 60 of his yards came after the first quarter. “A little birdie told us they were going to try and establish the run,” UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker said. “We knew they wanted to try and protect the quarterback a little bit. They like to throw the ball a little bit, but I think they tried to take a little heat off him.” The Beavers had 15 first downs, but only six came after the first quarter. They also had 147 yards of offense in the first 15 minutes, 101 in the final three quarters, and were 1-for-14 on third down conversions. Canfield was 22-for-35 for 146 yards and two interceptions, giving him 11 this season. He started the day tied for most in the nation. “There were some conversions that should have been converted, but weren’t,” Canfield said. “We just had to come out strong in the second half and we never really got it done.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img