PASADENA, Calif. -- Oklahoma won't be making a return trip to the Rose Bowl this season. Not after Drew Olson and UCLA piled on the struggling Sooners, with a 41-24 victory yesterday that sent No. 21 Oklahoma to its first 1-2 start since 1997.
The Sooners have played in the last two Bowl Championship Series title games, but they can forget about playing in the Rose Bowl Jan. 4, when this season's championship will be decided.
Oklahoma sputtered again on offense, with quarterback Rhett Bomar having four of the team's six fumbles. Adrian Peterson was held to 58 yards on 23 carries. UCLA, which makes its home in the Rose Bowl, recovered three fumbles, including one by Peterson, and turned them into 17 points.
''You're not going to win when you turn the ball over and put the ball on the ground like we did," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
''This game was big for our program," said Olson, who threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns. ''We knew they'd make us beat them with the pass."
Olson went 28 of 38 against an Oklahoma defense stacked to stop the run. He threw scoring passes of 19 yards to Andrew Baumgartner in the first quarter, and 19 yards to Marcedes Lewis and 7 yards to Chris Markey as the Bruins pulled away from a 20-17 lead in the fourth.
The Bruins (3-0) held Peterson in check as linebackers Justin London and Spencer Havner each had nine tackles, and Havner returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown.
''Our defense carried us," said Bruins coach Karl Dorrell, after the Bruins beat a ranked team for the first time in almost two years.