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UCLA 38, Washington St. 14

November 10, 1996

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Skip Hicks scored three touchdowns to tie a single-season school record as UCLA kept its hopes alive for a winning season by beating Washington State 38-14 Saturday.

Hicks, a junior from Wichita Falls, Texas, has scored 17 touchdowns this year, equaling the UCLA record set by Gaston Green in 1986 and tied by J.J. Stokes in 1993.

The Bruins (4-5, 3-3 Pac-10) have two games remaining _ at Arizona next Saturday and against Southern California at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 23.

Hicks scored on a 38-yard run in the game’s opening three minutes, and caught touchdown passes of 10 and 24 yards from Cade McNown in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 21-7 halftime lead.

Hicks rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries and caught four passes for 59 yards as the Bruins handed Washington State (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10) its second straight loss and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Cougars.

Hicks, who became the first player to rush for at least 100 yards against WSU this year, scored four touchdowns in a game twice earlier in the season, against California and Northeast Louisiana, to tie that UCLA record.

McNown completed 16 of 32 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

WSU’s Ryan Leaf completed 20 of 46 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions, but was just 4-of-16 for 32 yards in the second half. Michael Black led the Cougars in rushing with 97 yards on 22 carries.

The Bruins extended their lead to 28-7 on a flanker reverse in the third quarter, Jim McElroy throwing a 38-yard pass to Danny Farmer. Farmer had five receptions for 121 yards in the game.

Leaf threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Tims with 3:04 to go in the third period, capping a five-play, 91-yard drive.

Bjorn Merten kicked a 20-yard field goal with 8:58 remaining and McNown threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Mike Grieb with 49 seconds left to complete the scoring.

Washington State scored its first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Black in the first quarter. The Cougars moved 52 yards on eight plays after Dee Moronkola’s interception.

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