PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- UCLA's defense, which had been one of
the nation's most generous, suddenly turned stingy.
Led by linebackers Spencer Havner and Justin London, the Bruins
got their first Pac-10 shutout in 17 years with a 21-0 victory over
Stanford on Saturday.
"The defense, what a display," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said.
Stanford coach Buddy Teevens thought so, too.
"Am I stunned to be shut out? Yes," Teevens said. "They
played like a great defense. They dared us to run the football and
Maurice Drew scored touchdowns on a 68-yard punt return and a
3-yard reception, and Manuel White ran 2 yards for UCLA's other
Havner had 16 tackles and one of three interceptions off Trent
Edwards. London was in on 10 tackles.
Havner said that, after the Bruins stopped the Cardinal on their
first couple of series, "It started a little buzz around the
"It's nice that we sent a statement."
London hoped critics of UCLA's defense saw the game.
"Well, man, hopefully they were watching," he said. "We
played a good offense. They put points on the board against
everybody they played so far in the Pac-10, and they couldn't get
points against us."
Stanford scored 28 points earlier this year in a 31-28 loss to
No. 1 Southern California.
Drew gained 107 yards on 12 carries for the Bruins (5-3, 3-2).
Drew Olson completed 17 of 28 passes for 177 yards and one
touchdown, with one interception.
After giving up an average of 451.9 yards and 28.4 points a game
-- including a total of 93 points in the last two games -- UCLA held
Stanford to 307 total yards. That included just 83 yards on the
ground -- or 144.3 yards less than the average against the Bruins
The shutout was the Bruins' first in a conference game since a
49-0 victory over Stanford in 1987. UCLA's last shutout over any
opponent was eight years ago, 44-0 over Northeast Louisiana.
Edwards went 24-of-46 for 224 yards for the Cardinal (4-4, 2-3),
with the three interceptions. Tight end Alex Smith had 10 catches
for 136 yards.
The closest Stanford came to scoring was in the waning minutes
of the game, with a first-and-goal from the 8 after a 71-yard pass
from Edwards to Smith.
With the crowd chanting "Defense!" and "Shutout!" the Bruins
kept the Cardinal out of the end zone, with Edwards throwing
incomplete on fourth down from the 6.
The Bruins rushed for 177 yards, with Manuel White running for
87 yards and scoring on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.
UCLA was up 14-0 at halftime and added the Olson-to-Drew
touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
On his touchdown return, Drew staggered forward as he caught the
ball, bounced off a defender being blocked toward him, then cut to
the right side and was off to the end zone.
That put the Bruins up 14-0 early in the second quarter.
Olson went 4-for-4 on the Bruins' first scoring march, including
a 26-yarder to Marcedes Lewis down to the Stanford 32, and a
40-yarder to Tab Perry to the 2. White bulled into the end zone
Stanford drove into UCLA territory three times in the first
half, but came away empty-handed. UCLA's Jarrad Page stopped one
threat with an interception at the 15; a fake punt at the 44 didn't
fool the Bruins and resulted in a 2-yard loss; and Edwards later
threw incomplete on fourth-and-4 at the 32.
The victory was the Bruins' first this season against a team
that had a winning record.
Before beating Stanford, the Bruins had lost two in a row, both
to ranked teams. They were beaten 45-28 by California and 48-42 by
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