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article imageCollege Football: UCLA Gets First Winning Season since 2006

By Michael Bearak     Dec 30, 2009 in Sports
UCLA was 6-6 going into their game Tuesday with the Temple Owls but that didn't matter, neither did the freezing cold temperatures of RFK stadium.
UCLA hadn't known a winning season since 2006, but their victory over the Temple Owls Tuesday gave them a that taste. Down 21-10 at halftime the Bruins ran off 20 unanswered points to put away the Owls, who hadn't seen a bowl game in 30 years.
Akeem Ayers had a 2 yard interception for a touchdown at 6:01 in the 4th quarter to give the Bruins the lead at 26-21. The Bruins then went for a two point conversion which was good to go up 28-21 and that was the lead they needed.
The Owls have only been to two other bowls the 1979 Garden State Bowl and before that the 1935 Sugar Bowl. This the 9-4 finish is a long way from the 0-11 2005 season when head coach Al Golden took over the Owl program.
UCLA was led by freshman quarterback Kevin Prince who was 16 for 31 passing for 221 yards and 2-touchdowns. Along with Chane Moline who had 15 carries for 69 yards and wide receiver Nelson Rosario who had 4 receptions for 66 yards. The biggest adjustment for the Bruins was made a halftime when they decided to run plays that were more straight in route and didn't involve a lot of cutting to avoid slipping on the frozen field.
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