(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: UCLA 33, San Diego State 14
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Prince threw for 176 yards and a touchdown in his college debut, helping the UCLA Bruins to grab a 33-14 win against the San Diego State Aztecs in non-conference action at the Rose Bowl.
Prince completed 18-of-29 passing, was picked off twice and sacked three times, yet the Bruins (1-0) still bounced back to defeat SDSU (0-1) in a game that almost wasn't played because of the threatening wild fires in the Los Angeles area.
The Aztecs, who were directed by new head coach Brady Hoke, were led by Ryan Lindley who converted 18-of-45 passing for 238 yards and two touchdowns, but he also tossed three costly interceptions in the outing as well.
Lindley and the Aztecs came out firing in the first quarter as the quarterback converted touchdown passes of four and 78 yards to Matthew Kawulok and Vincent Brown, respectively. In between the Bruins picked up a 49-yard field goal from kicker Kai Forbath to make the score 14-3 with three minutes to play in the opening frame.
From there the game belonged to UCLA as redshirt freshman Johnathan Franklin hit the end zone on a 12-yard run, followed by a 29-yard touchdown run by Derrick Coleman to make the score 16-14 following a blocked PAT.
With just under two minutes to play in the first half, Terrence Austin reeled in a six-yard TD pass from Prince to give the Bruins a 23-14 edge at the break.
A 50-yard field goal by Forbath and a 70-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown by Alterraun Verner with 37 seconds remaining in the third finished up the night's scoring and provided the home team with the convincing 19-point triumph.
San Diego State, which controlled the ball for less than four minutes in the final quarter, logged just 39 yards rushing on 18 attempts.
UCLA now leads the series by a commanding 21-0-1.
09/06 01:02:55 ET