Tom Ramsey of UCLA and John Elway of Stanford didn't disappoint the 78,452 fans at the Rose Bowl yesterday, totaling 668 yards in passing, but Ramsey led the Bruins to a 38-35 victory.
He threw two touchdown passes and ran for one touchdown as the 12th-ranked Bruins won the wild Pacific-10 Conference game.
Ramsey, who leads the nation in passing efficiency, completed his first eight passes and finished with 19 completions in 27 attempts for 314 yards without an interception. Both of his scoring throws went to Jojo Townsell, on plays of nine and four yards.
"When you win in the trenches, you win the game, and that's how we won it today," Ramsey said. "This is the one of the best days I've had and a lot of that had to do with our offensive line."
Elway, the NCAA career leader in completions, connected on 29 of his 39 passes for 352 yards and completed 10 in a row at one stage late in the game. He was intercepted once and threw two touchdown passes--a 47-yarder to Emile Harry with 51 seconds left in the first half and an 11-yarder to Vincent White with 3:52 left in the game. It was the 19th straight game in which Elway has thrown at least one touchdown pass.
UCLA remained in the running for the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance at 5-1 in the conference and 8-1-1 overall. Stanford is 5-5 and 3-4.