PULLMAN, Wash. -- Dwight Tardy felt a measure of vindication on Saturday.
Tardy, a redshirt sophomore, grew up in Southern California and attended every UCLA home game his senior year at St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs. Although he wanted to go to UCLA and the Bruins showed some interest in him, they went elsewhere with a scholarship offer, Tardy said.
Tardy had the Bruins' full attention after he rushed for a career-best 214 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State upset UCLA 27-7, spoiling the Bruins' bid to stay undefeated in the Pacific-10 Conference.
"I wanted to go there," Tardy said of UCLA. "I wanted to stay home."
The snub gave him motivation when the Bruins visited Pullman, his new home. "It was kind of like I got passed up by my own people," he said.
Against the third-best rush defense in the conference, Tardy broke free for a 51-yard scoring run in the closing seconds to cap his first 100-yard game against a league opponent this season. The effort bettered his 145-yard performance against Oregon last year.
WSU's offense has lacked a consistent running game this season, so Tardy said he wasn't sure going into the game how much he would be used. He finished with 37 carries, averaging 5.8 yards per run.
"I was loving every minute of it; 'keep feeding me,"' he said. "We just pushed them off the ball. Our line was the most prepared."
Washington State (3-5, 1-4) used a bye week after a humiliating 53-7 loss at Oregon on Oct. 13 to figure out how to defend against UCLA (5-3, 4-1), which suffered its first conference loss. The Cougars had 545 yards of total offense, limiting UCLA to 267.
ARIZONA 48, WASHINGTON 41, at Seattle -- Willie Tuitama passed for a school-record 510 yards, and his 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Thomas with 2:02 left rallied the Wildcats (3-6, 2-4) to a stunning win over the Huskies (2-6, 0-5). Arizona scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to ruin an outstanding performance by Washington quarterback Jake Locker, who had career highs in rushing (157) and passing (336) yardage. Tuitama completed 38 of 51 passes and threw for five touchdowns.