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Some Quick-Change Artistry Lifts Bruins

College football: UCLA erases early 14-0 deficit and beats Oregon State, 43-35, in Pac-10 opener.


"I was disappointed in the penalties," Toledo said. "You have to have discipline in this game, and we lost a little of our poise and discipline."

Occurring as it did in the fourth quarter of a game the Bruins led handily, the unraveling was not terribly costly. Paus preferred to recall the poise his team displayed when Oregon State jumped out to its early lead.

"I just stayed on everybody and said, 'Don't worry about it. We're going to be all right,' " he said. "After a while, our defense played awfully well.

"The offense started clicking and I could tell things were going to change."




Starts and Fits

Coach Bob Toledo's UCLA football teams started the season under .500 only twice through five games, but recently have had difficulties finishing strong:

*--* Year Start Finish 1996 2-3 5-6 1997 3-2 10-2 1998 5-0 10-2 1999 2-3 4-7 2000 4-1 6-6 2001 5-0 7-4 2002 4-1




Steve Henson's keys to the game and how the Bruins measured up:

1. Take advantage of injuries to the Oregon State offensive line and pressure quarterback Derek Anderson: Brandon Chillar, Asi Faoa and Dave Ball each sacked Anderson, who also had to hurry several passes and had two intercepted. Anderson threw two touchdown passes to give him 17 this season but completed only 16 of 41 passes.

2. Quarterback Cory Paus must play relatively mistake-free against a Beaver defense that averages 2.4 interceptions a game: Paus was more than mistake-free, throwing for a career-high 378 yards with no interceptions and a touchdown. He completed 24 of 32 passes and used nine different receivers.

3. Maintain poise in a hostile road environment and commit fewer penalties and turnovers than Oregon State: UCLA displayed great poise in coming back from a 14-0 deficit. Neither team had a penalty in the first half, but the Bruins lost their composure at times in the fourth quarter and finished with five penalties. Each team had two turnovers.

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