No. 20 Stanford Football Upsets No. 4 UCLA 38-28
Oct 27, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's superb start barely was better thanUCLA's furious finish.
Chris Lewis threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and Kerry Carterscored his second TD on a 27-yard run with 2 minutes left as No. 20 Stanfordscored 31 straight points before holding on to beat fourth-ranked UCLA 38-28 onSaturday.
UCLA (6-1, 3-1), its vaunted defense shredded all day by the Cardinal (5-1,4-1), fell despite an impressive second half from backup quarterback ScottMcEwan, who replaced injured starter Cory Paus after halftime and rallied theBruins to 21 straight points while passing for 221 yards.
But Lewis, a confident sophomore who replaced Randy Fasani and led Stanfordto a 49-42 win at Oregon last week, got enough points to get Stanford off toits best start since 1992.
Instead of being intimidated by UCLA's defense, Lewis completed 13 straightpasses in the first half as Stanford built a 31-7 lead and beat a top-five teamfor the second straight week. He finished 20-of-29.
Carter - who rushed for 102 yards - Luke Powell and Teyo Johnson all caughtTD passes, while Brian Allen rushed for 87 yards and a TD.
Stanford Stadium was uncharacteristically packed with 64,495 enthusiasticfans for the biggest college football game in the San Francisco Bay area inseveral years.
The Cardinal gave the crowd plenty to cheer, putting on a thrilling showeven before the late-game theatrics that practically have become standard atStanford.
With Stanford up 31-21, Powell fumbled at UCLA's 20 with 6:49 left. TheBruins made an 80-yard scoring drive in two minutes, culminating in BryanFletcher's 28-yard over-the-shoulder TD catch.
UCLA cornerback Matt Ware then intercepted a long pass by Lewis at theBruins 39 - but for the first time in the second half, UCLA couldn't move theball, turning it over on downs with 2:45 left. On Stanford's ensuing drive,Carter broke through the line for the clinching score.
DeShaun Foster, UCLA's Heisman-hopeful tailback, had just 26 yards rushingin the first half, finishing with 77 yards and a score in 21 carries.
UCLA's defense held its first six opponents this season to 17 points orfewer - the longest stretch of such defensive dominance by the Bruins since1966. But Stanford, with Lewis making his first start since losing all three ofhis starts last season, methodically moved the ball throughout the first half.
The numbers were amazing: Stanford held the ball for more than 20 minutesand gained 353 yards, running 49 plays to UCLA's 25.
Two minutes into the game, Lewis threw a lateral pass that bounced offAllen's chest. UCLA linebacker Ryan Nece picked up the fumble and ran 39 yardsfor a score, rousing the sizable contingent of Bruins fans.
Moments later, Stanford made the first of several sophisticated, sustaineddrives. The Cardinal went 91 yards on 13 plays, finishing with Lewis' 20-yardTD pass to Powell.
Early in the second quarter, Stanford took the lead on an exceptionalone-handed TD catch by Johnson, a key member of Stanford's basketball team whohas excelled as a receiver this season. Stanford basketball coach MikeMontgomery stood and cheered as he watched from a luxury box.
Two plays later, Foster fumbled - and on Stanford's first play, Allen raceduntouched through the heart of UCLA's reeling defense for a 35-yard TD.
Paus threw his first interception in 198 passes when he underthrew areceiver at the goal line and was picked off by Ryan Fernandez midway throughthe second quarter.
Paus was extremely erratic, often missing open receivers and completing just5 of 16 passes. The team said Paus injured his throwing hand at some pointduring the first half.