PASADENA, Calif. — UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince was greeted with a mixture of boos and cheers when he replaced injured starter Richard Brehaut early in the second quarter Saturday night.
Two hours later, Prince was treated like a king after he led the Bruins to a come-from-behind 28-25 victory over Washington State late Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
“I feel like we let one get away,” said Rickey Galvin, who led the Cougars with 16 carries for 88 yards and added a 21-yard touchdown catch.
“We didn’t win, but we played a good football game,” WSU coach Paul Wulff said. “They (the Bruins) made some big plays to win the game.”
Prince, who lost the starting job to Brehaut earlier this season, threw a 7-yard touchdown pass and 2-point conversion pass with 3½ minutes left to lift the Bruins to victory. Brehaut suffered a fractured left leg when he was tackled on a run.
“I’m very proud and happy for him (Prince),” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said.
Neuheisel, whose job appears to be in jeopardy, beat WSU for the ninth time in as many tries as coach at UCLA, Washington and Colorado.
WSU’s Marshall Lobbestael completed 28 of 40 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. His poorly thrown pass was intercepted at midfield by Andrew Abbott with 2:01 to go, and the Bruins ran out the clock.
Former starting quarterback Jeff Tuel dressed but was not cleared by WSU’s medical staff to play. He suffered a broken collar bone in the season opener.
Prince completed 8 of 13 passes for 173 yards. Both his touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter.
The Bruins improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Cougars slipped to 3-2 and 1-1.
Andrew Furney kicked four field goals for the Cougars, who edged UCLA 389-371 in total yards. WSU held the Bruins to 170 rushing yards one year after giving up 437 yards on the ground when UCLA rallied for a 42-28 win.
Washington State led UCLA at the half, 9-7. The Cougars have scored first in all five games this season.
WSU cornerback Damante Horton, making his second straight start ahead of Nolan Washington, preserved the halftime lead by intercepting Prince in the end zone with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.
Seventh-ranked Stanford (5-0, 3-0) visits WSU for homecoming next Saturday. Versus is scheduled to televise the game at 4:30 p.m., but ESPN “College GameDay” host Chris Fowler said during Saturday morning’s telecast that WSU is under consideration as a potential host of next Saturday’s show.
An ESPN spokesperson said Saturday night that decisions on “GameDay” sites are made “usually Monday or Tuesday.”