Cal rebounds with 45-26 win over UCLAOct 17, 2009 - 11:22 PM By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif.(AP) -- Jahvid Best made a 93-yard touchdown run and caught a 51-yard scoring pass, and California got back on track after two tough losses with a dynamic first half in a 45-26 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Shane Vereen rushed for 154 yards and a score, and Marvin Jones caught two TD passes from Kevin Riley in the Golden Bears' first win in nearly a month.
After a perfect nonconference start, Cal (4-2, 1-2 Pac-10) was embarrassed in back-to-back games by Oregon (42-3) and Southern California (30-3), all but ending their Pac-10 title hopes.
Cal got back in top form with a series of impressive first-half scores against UCLA (3-3, 0-3), which has lost three straight. Johnathan Franklin had a 74-yard TD run among his 101 yards rushing and two scores for the Bruins.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who grew up in nearby Downey, Calif., won in the Los Angeles area for the first time in his eight seasons in charge of the Bears. Cal had gone 0-7 during his tenure at the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum.
Kevin Prince passed for 311 yards but threw a terrible interception in the final minutes for UCLA, which has lost to Stanford, Oregon and Cal in the past three weeks, endangering coach Rick Neuheisel's hopes for a winning record in his second season.
Riley passed for 205 yards and three scores without an interception.
Instead of flying to Pasadena, the Bears took a bus from Berkeley on Thursday to save an estimated $100,000 for the troubled UC school system, of which UCLA also is a member. The extra travel time clearly didn't affect the Bears, who went up 35-20 by halftime with a dizzying series of scoring plays.
The most impressive play was made by Best, who uncorked the longest TD run of his three seasons with the Bears on a circuitous run through the UCLA defense late in the second quarter. Cutting back behind his blocking near Cal's goal line and sweetly slipping two tackles, he picked up a downfield block from Riley and rolled to the end zone for the third-longest scoring run in school history.
Although Best's Heisman Trophy chances dwindled with his 102 total yards rushing in Cal's two losses, the defending Pac-10 rushing champion has 11 touchdowns already this season. But except for Best's 93-yard run, the UCLA defense limited him to just 102 yards on 18 attempts.
Neither team did much in the second half, with the Bears managing just 117 total yards, but Cal's Mychael Kendricks killed UCLA's faint comeback hopes when he returned an interception 68 yards for a score with 5:05 left. Prince had the Bruins moving, but the freshman missed wide-open tight end Logan Paulsen with a flat pass that Kendricks easily snagged.
Vereen made a 42-yard TD run on Cal's opening drive, and Riley hit Jones for a 43-yard score several minutes later. Cal went ahead 21-7 early in the second quarter on Best's TD catch, but Franklin kept it close with his 74-yard TD run just 18 seconds later, the Bruins' longest scoring run in six years.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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CALIFORNIA 14 21 3 7 45
UCLA 7 13 6 0 26 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, SHANE VEREEN 42 YD RUN (VINCE
D'AMATO KICK), 2:42.
CALIFORNIA - TD, MARVIN JONES 43 YD PASS FROM
KEVIN RILEY (VINCE D'AMATO
KICK), 10:06. CALIFORNIA 14-0
Oct 17 6:59 PM
UCLA 26 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Oct 17 6:59 PM
UCLA 26 5:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR
California 45, UCLA 26 4th - 5:05Oct 17 6:48 PM
UCLA 26 5:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR
California 44, UCLA 26 4th - 5:05Oct 17 6:47 PM
UCLA 26 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Oct 17 6:17 PM
UCLA 26 3:05 LEFT, 3RD QTR
California 38, UCLA 26 3rd - 3:05Oct 17 6:05 PM
UCLA 23 6:42 LEFT, 3RD QTR
California 38, UCLA 23 3rd - 6:42Oct 17 5:54 PM
UCLA 23 11:41 LEFT, 3RD QTR
California 35, UCLA 23 3rd - 11:41Oct 17 5:43 PM
UCLA 20 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 35, UCLA 20 HalfOct 17 5:14 PM
UCLA 17 0:46 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 35, UCLA 17 2nd - 0:46Oct 17 5:07 PM
UCLA 17 2:51 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 28, UCLA 17 2nd - 2:51Oct 17 4:57 PM
UCLA 14 5:05 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 28, UCLA 14 2nd - 5:05Oct 17 4:53 PM
UCLA 14 9:23 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 21, UCLA 14 2nd - 9:23Oct 17 4:34 PM
UCLA 7 9:41 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 21, UCLA 7 2nd - 9:41Oct 17 4:30 PM
UCLA 7 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Oct 17 4:17 PM
UCLA 7 2:52 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 14, UCLA 7 1st - 2:52Oct 17 4:05 PM
UCLA 0 4:54 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 14, UCLA 0 1st - 4:54Oct 17 4:00 PM
UCLA 0 12:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 7, UCLA 0 1st - 12:18Oct 17 3:40 PM
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