October 31, 2004 in Sports

UCLA posts rare shutout in victory over Stanford

Associated Press
 

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 with a 21-0 victory over Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday

Drew gained 107 yards on 12 carries for the Bruins (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10). 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 completed 24 of 46 passes 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 Edwards 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.

Oregon State 28, Arizona 14

Derek Anderson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, breaking the Oregon State career passing and total offense records in the process, and the Beavers (4-4, 3-2 Pac-10) beat the Wildcats (1-7, 0-5) in Tucson, Ariz.

Oregon State won its third in a row, all against conference opponents. Arizona lost its seventh straight, and seventh in a row in the Pac-10, dating to last season.

Anderson completed 17 of 31 passes for 249 yards, all but 47 in the first half. He had TD passes of 2 yards to Joe Newton and 5 yards to Anthony Wheat-Brown, and was not intercepted.

Anderson broke the school records on Oregon State’s first possession, completing five of six passes for 77 yards, capped by the scoring toss to Newton. The senior quarterback has thrown for 9,976 yards, breaking the record of 9,680 set by Jonathan Smith from 1998 to 2001.

By moving ahead of Smith, Anderson is fifth on the Pac-10 career list.

Mike Bell rushed for 88 yards on 21 carries, including a 1-yard TD run for the Wildcats. Redshirt freshman Richard Kovalcheck was 19 for 38 for 235 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice.

Turnovers set up Oregon State’s two second-half touchdowns.

Arizona had gone 103 minutes – six-plus quarters – without a score when, on fourth-and-seven, Kovalcheck threw short to Biren Ely, who broke tackles, barely stayed inbounds, then stretched the ball over the goal line on a 27-yard play with 2:33 left in the third quarter.

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