After Illinois missed a field goal, Kevin Prince more than made up for it for the Illini.
Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne intercepted a Prince pass and took it back 49 yards for a touchdown to give Illinois its first lead.
Illinois recovered a fumble at the UCLA 29-yard line after a botched snap, and the Illini appeared to be primed to tie the game, but one big Glenn Love play changed things.
After Illinois moved it to the UCLA 3-yard line for a 3rd-and-3, Love sacked Nate Scheelhaase for a 15-yard loss before Derek Dimke put Illinois on the board as the first half expired.
The Bruins benefited from some referee indecision and took the lead over Illinois.
UCLA got the ball at the Illini 45-yard line after a 4th-and-1 stop, after the referees reversed an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-5, prompting Illinois to go for it.
it worked out for UCLA: Five plays later, Kevin Prince found Taylor Embree for a 16-yard touchdown.
Drive Time: 5 plays, 44 yards, 2:18