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Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2002 9:26 PM EDT
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Colorado 31, (22) Ucla 17
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PASADENA, California (Ticker) -- Colorado's first visit to the Rose Bowl was an overwhelming success.

Chris Brown rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the Buffaloes used a dominant ground game en route to their first victory of the season, a 31-17 triumph over No. 22 UCLA.

Colorado was winless in four previous meetings against UCLA, but the teams had not faced each other since 1984. The Buffaloes' only two road games against the Bruins came before the Rose Bowl became UCLA's permanent home in 1982.

But Colorado (2-2) adapted quickly to the new surroundings and ended UCLA's nine-game non-conference winning streak. The Buffaloes rushed for 325 yards behind Brown, who carried the ball 26 times and fell 10 yards shy of his best career game.

"We just got back with our ground game," Brown said. "We felt from the start we can move the ball. This win really got the monkey off our back. I could feel (UCLA) wearing down in the third quarter. Our line did a great job."

"Our guys challenged each other," Colorado coach Gary Barnett said. "We all just played with great heart. The offensive line really dominated the game. I'm sure we caught them off-balance after the way we played last week."

Brown ran for touchdowns of 19, nine and eight yards for the Buffaloes, who bounced back from a 40-3 loss to Southern California last Saturday.

"They caught us off-balance," UCLA defensive back Matt Ware said. "I didn't expect them to run as much as they did. I am not surprised that they beat us."

Brown has 22 touchdowns in only 16 regular season games during his career.

Bobby Purify rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries as Colorado gained 471 offensive yards while limiting UCLA (2-1) to 284.

"It was a good win," said Colorado quarterback Robert Hodge, a California native. "It was good to be was back in front of my family and friends. I knew we could run and our line allowed us to do that. This is a really big game, gives us some momentum going into our conference (schedule)."

"They did a great job controlling both lines of scrimmage," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. "We made a few plays, but it wasn't enough. You have to give Colorado a lot of credit. They were coming off two losses, their backs were against the wall. We tried to stop the run. We were worn down, they banged on us pretty good."

Cory Paus completed 21-of-35 passes for 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Bruins, who lost a non-conference game for the first time since 1999.

UCLA jumped out to a 7-0 lead a 33-yard touchdown pass from flanker Jon Dubravac to receiver Craig Bragg 10 seconds into the second quarter. It was the first touchdown pass for a Bruins' receiver since 2000.

Brown scored his first TD just 76 seconds later to tie it and Pat Brougham kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the first half to give Colorado the lead for good at 10-7. Brougham extended the lead with a 39-yarder less that five minutes into the third quarter.

The Buffaloes had a 31-10 cushion before Paus connected with Bragg on a five-yard TD pass with 4:12 left in the game.

But Brown and Purify combined to run for 51 yards on the game's final drive as Colorado ran out the clock.

"It seems (the Bruins) were wearing down in the third quarter so we kept running right at them in the fourth," Hodge said. "It seemed it took the heart right out of them."


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