Moore began with a 15-yard touchdown pass on Oregon State’s first drive, but Olson spent the rest of the night as the star and threw a school-record six touchdown passes to lift No. 8 UCLA to a 51-28 victory over the Beavers in front of 49,932 on Saturday. Olson was 16 for 24 for 262 yards and has 11 touchdown passes in the last two games. He also established a career high with 21 touchdowns passes this season. PASADENA — UCLA players spent a week deflecting talk about former quarterback Matt Moore’s return to the Rose Bowl, and among the most silent was his former roommate, Drew Olson. Olson said very little leading up to the game, but spoke loudly with his right arm with the most explosive passing exhibition in school history. Moore was harassed into 14-of-25 passing for 279 yards. He threw two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions, fumbled once and was called for intentional grounding that knocked the Beavers out of field-goal range in the first half. But was it a little more special to defeat Moore? “Yeah, of course,” Bruins red-shirt sophomore defensive end Bruce Davis said. “It was Matt Moore’s return to the Rose Bowl. He’s a guy that a lot of us played with. The class that I came in with, a lot of guys played on the scout team.” Moore, who spent a year out of football before enrolling at Oregon State in January, was glad the ordeal was over. “It was just football, man. It was nothing different,” Moore said. “Once we got on the field and all the other (stuff) stopped and everything, it was football. It was cover 2 and cover 8. “Not UCLA and blah, blah, blah. It wasn’t a big deal.” UCLA wanted a quick start to avoid needing another fourth-quarter comeback, but Moore’s first pass went for 48 yards to Mike Haas. Three plays later the Bruins trailed 7-0. Unlike the previous three weeks, however, UCLA answered quickly and often, and the defense shut down the Beavers. The Bruins schemed this week to get Drew matched up with Oregon State’s linebackers in the passing game, and it worked on a 43-yard scoring pass down the sideline to tie it 7-7 on the ensuing drive. Drew gave the Bruins a 17-7 lead by beating linebacker Trent Bray for a 20-yard scoring pass with 13:10 left in the second quarter. “That’s what the play is designed for,” Drew said. “Sometimes (the linebacker) tries to grab you, so you have to make them miss. After you make them miss, you smile. I might smirk, but it’s about business out there.” Olson also connected for a 48-yard touchdown to wide-open tight end Ryan Moya down the middle of the field and a 2-yarder to tight end Marcedes Lewis, who lined up wide and easily out-jumped a defender, as the Bruins took a 31-14 halftime lead. “Man, that stuff is clockwork,” Lewis said. “Every week the game gets bigger, every week (Olson) steps his game up. That’s my boy.” Olson, who threw five touchdowns last week at Washington State and has 21 touchdown passes and three interceptions this season, capped his showcase with a 3-yarder to Lewis in the third quarter and a perfectly thrown 46-yard post pattern to Brandon Breazell in the fourth quarter to lead UCLA’s first romp in more than a month. “By far the best I’ve felt in my whole career,” Olson said. “We knew what they were going to do defensively. I think the scheme was great. We were trying to get our receivers on their safeties, or to suck the safeties up and go over the top with the receivers outside.” Brian Dohn can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bruins tailback Maurice Drew continued his move up the Heisman hopeful list with 120 rushing yards, touchdown catches of 43 and 20 yards and 250 all-purpose yards. “That’s the type of game we’re trying to have,” Bruins strong safety Jarrad Page said. “We wanted to come out and show everybody. People don’t think we deserve to be where we are. We feel like we’ve worked to be where we are, and we do deserve it.” UCLA (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) is off to its best start since beginning 1998 with 10 wins. Oregon State (4-3, 2-2) had its two-game winning streak snapped. “We got our seventh win, my first seventh win in three years,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “I’m pleased with that. So we’re over that hurdle, and we have many more things to do.” While UCLA maintained during the week it had no additional motivation to beat the Moore-led Beavers, several players grinned when asked about the significance of beating their former teammate who left Westwood before the 2003 season concluded.