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Richard Brehaut makes short appearance at quarterback

UCLA FOOTBALL FYI

The Bruins freshman got four plays in the second quarter against Oregon State, getting sacked and fumbling on the last play.

November 01, 2009|Chris Foster

CORVALLIS, ORE. — They don't make quarterback controversies like they used to.

UCLA's Kevin Prince played . . . and soared some near the end of a 26-19 loss.

And, as promised, Richard Brehaut played in the first half -- though barely, and was not seen again.

Brehaut got four plays in the second quarter, getting sacked and fumbling on the last one.

Prince rallied the Bruins from a 19-3 deficit in the fourth quarter.

"Kevin did a great job," said Brehaut, a freshman. "He was doing everything he could to help this team win. That's the most important thing right now."

Brehaut's one series started well. Derrick Coleman gained 12 yards on a run. Coleman then rushed for nine yards, but lost two on the next play, leaving the Bruins in a third-and-three situation.

Brehaut was sacked by Stephen Paea and fumbled, with Bruins guard Ryan Taylor recovering.

"My series didn't end great," Brehaut said. "I don't know what happened on the last play. I got a chance to show what I can do. Unfortunately, I didn't move the chains."

Coach Rick Neuheisel said he wasn't locked into using Prince entirely in the second half, but said the offense started "clicking."

Bruins robbed

Some UCLA players found personal possessions such as cellphones and jewelry missing after the game. A police report was filed.

Fourth and one

UCLA had to settle for a third-quarter field goal after getting a first down on the Oregon State 15-yard line.

Three running plays left the Bruins with a fourth and one. Neuheisel decided to go for it, but the Bruins were slow out of the huddle and had to call a timeout.

Given time to think, Neuheisel took the field goal.

"I thought we were a lot closer, but during the timeout I saw the distance was greater and wanted to get three points," he said.

So close

With the score tied, 19-19, UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner was in perfect position on the first play of Oregon State's last possession.

The Bruins would have been better off if he weren't.

Verner had Oregon State's James Rodgers locked up on a slant play. Quarterback Sean Canfield's pass was way off, landing where Verner had been seconds before.

The Beavers continued, driving 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Big day

Wide receiver Nelson Rosario had six receptions for a career-high 152 yards. That included a 58-yard touchdown catch, where he out-jumped Oregon State's James Dockery for the ball, then raced to the end zone.

Quick hits

Center Kai Maiava hyperextended his right elbow late in the game, but played on UCLA's last two series. . . . Terrence Austin's 72 yards on kickoff returns gave him a UCLA career-record 1,764.

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chris.foster@latimes.com

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