Oct. 30, 2004
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. - Maurice Drew scored touchdowns on a 68-yard punt return and a 3-yard reception, and the UCLA Bruins posted their first Pac-10 shutout in 17 years Saturday with a 21-0 victory over Stanford.
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.
Spearheaded by linebackers Spencer Havner and Justin London, the UCLA defense allowed the Cardinal just 83 yards rushing - or 144.3 yards less than the average against the Bruins this year.
The shutout was the Bruins' first in a conference game since a 49-0 victory over Stanford in 1987. UCLA last shutout over any opponent was eight years ago, 44-0 over Northeast Louisiana.
Trent Edwards went 24-of-46 for 224 yards for the Cardinal (4-4, 2-3) and threw 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 Edward to Smith.
But the Cardinal couldn't get into 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 return for the touchdown, 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.
After failing to pick up a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Stanford 30 on UCLA's first possession, Olson drove the Bruins 85 yards to a touchdown the third time they had the ball.
Olson went 4-for-4 on the 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 from there.
Stanford drove into UCLA territory three times in the first half, but came away empty-handed after stalling. 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 Arizona State.