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NCAA Game Summary - UCLA vs. Temple



(Tuesday, December 29th)

Final Score: UCLA 30, Temple 21

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Kevin Prince threw for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns as UCLA rallied from a 14-point deficit to down Temple, 30-21, at the EagleBank Bowl from chilly RFK Stadium.

Nelson Rosario posted four catches for 66 yards and one score for the Bruins (7-6), who finished the season, their first winning campaign since 2006, with victories in four of their last five games.

Chane Moline added 69 yards on 15 carries and Terrence Austin had a TD reception for UCLA, which got an interception return for a touchdown by Akeem Ayers en route to its first bowl win since the 2005 Sun Bowl over Northwestern.

"The pendulum was right in the middle and this was going to determine what kind of season we'd have," said UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel. "We are now a winning team in 2009. The expectations are going to take a notch forward."

Vaughn Charlton finished 13-of-23 for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Owls (9-4), who posted their first winning season since 1990 but failed in their bid to win their first bowl appearance since 1979.

Bernard Pierce racked up 53 yards and a score on the ground with 33 yards on three catches before departing with an injury for Temple, which won its last postseason game, over California, at the Garden State Bowl.

Kai Forbath hit a 40-yarder as time expired in the half for a 11-point game, then UCLA trimmed its deficit to 21-17 on the first series of the second half, ending on a 32-yard strike to Austin.

The Owls marched to the red zone on the next series but the Bruins defense held on a 4th-and-1 from the nine. Both sides traded possessions without serious scoring threats through the end of the third quarter.

Forbath drilled a 42-yarder early in the fourth and UCLA got within 21-20, then a leaping pick by Ayers at the two from a botched screen pass resulted in the Bruins' go ahead score with 6:01 remaining. A two-point conversion made it 28-21.

"They're trying to pass down, and I decided to rush the quarterback. As soon as I took off, I just slipped, and when I was just trying to get back into the play," Ayers said. "When I got up, I was in position to make a play, and the ball just came right to me."

Temple was pinned deep in its own territory on the next series, after losing 12 yards on two rushes plus an incomplete pass. A high snap out of the back of the end zone on a punt try produced safety and a nine-point UCLA advantage.

Three first downs on the ensuing Bruins drive ran off the remainder of the clock.

"We're excited about the direction we're going," noted Temple head coach Al Golden, who became the first Owls head coach since Jerry Berndt to post a winning campaign. "We need to fill some spots, develop some guys, but that's it. To be able to mix it up with this kind of team, guys will gain confidence from that going forward."

Temple picked up the game's first points on its initial series, as Charlton connected with Steve Maneri for a 26-yard TD pass. UCLA evened the game three possessions later, when Prince hit Rosario for a 46-yard touchdown after Austin set up the Bruins with a 47-yard punt return.

The Owls went up 14-7 on an 11-yard run from Pierce with 3:47 left in the half, capping an 85-yard march completed in 10 plays.

Marquise Liverpool's interception and return on UCLA's next series plus a facemask penalty gave Temple the ball at the Bruins' 15. Four plays later, Matt Brown rolled in from the two for a 21-7 contest.

Game Notes

The Bruins posted 314 yards of offense to 282 for the Owls...UCLA improved to 14-15-1 in bowl games, while Temple dropped to 1-2...Brown, who got the majority of the snaps in Pierce's absence, finished with 83 yards on 20 carries.

12/30 00:19:19 ET