No. 18 BYU Too Much for UCLA
Sept. 13, 2008
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Max Hall tied a BYU record with seven touchdown passes and the 18th-ranked Cougars extended the nation's longest winning streak to 13 by overwhelming UCLA 59-0 Saturday.
BYU improved to 3-0 for the first time in seven seasons and grabbed control of this one with four touchdowns in the first 5:18 of the second quarter.
The Cougars forced four turnovers and blocked a field goal attempt while stunning UCLA (1-1) in Rick Neuheisel's second game coaching his alma mater.
Hall finished 27-for-35 for 271 yards with one interception. He had six touchdown passes in the first half, then got his seventh on a 6-yard pass to Harvey Unga with 7:43 left in the third quarter to tie the BYU record shared by Marc Wilson and Jim McMahon.
Unga, Dennis Pitta and Austin Collie each caught two of touchdown passes and Michael Reed had the other before Hall was pulled midway through the third quarter. Mitch Payne added a 24-yard field goal for the Cougars and Wayne Latu scored on a 13-yard run late in the third quarter.
The Bruins were shut out for the first time since a 27-0 loss to rival USC in 2001.
UCLA's best scoring chance was Kai Forbath's 27-yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter, which went wide to the right. Forbath also had a 32-yard attempt in the second quarter, which BYU blocked and returned to the UCLA 48-yard line.
The Bruins and Cougars were playing for the third time in a year. The teams split two meetings last season, with BYU winning the Las Vegas Bowl by blocking a kick by Forbath in the closing seconds.