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Bragg Gets No. 1 Spot for Catches

Times Staff Writer

UCLA senior Craig Bragg set a school record for career receptions with five catches in the Bruins’ 31-29 loss to Washington State on Saturday. With 180 catches, Bragg moved ahead of Kevin Jordan on the career list but said he would have gladly taken a victory over the record.

“Don’t get me wrong, the record means a lot to me, but right now it’s hard to look at because we lost the game,” said Bragg, who has caught a pass in 42 consecutive games in which he has played.

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Tight end Marcedes Lewis suffered a bruised tailbone late in the first half and did not return. The Bruins could have used Lewis in the second half, especially on their failed two-point conversion attempt in the final minute.

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Lewis normally would have been the main target on the play, but with him sidelined, Bragg moved into his role. Drew Olson never had a chance when he rolled right and did not have an open receiver against the Cougars’ man coverage.

"[Lewis’ injury] definitely impacted us out on the field,” Coach Karl Dorrell said, “but the young guys have to step up and make plays.”

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UCLA running back Maurice Drew suffered a right ankle sprain returning a first-quarter punt and did not return. Drew lost six yards in his only carry.

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