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UCLA FB Rewind: Bruins Down the Bay Area Schools

Oct 19, 2020

October 24, 1998 – UCLA at California
The Bruins traveled to Berkeley and overcame miserable weather, an average starting field position of the 19-yard line during the game, with six drives being initiated inside their own 10-yard line, and 12 penalties to take away a 28-16 verdict over the Golden Bears.

UCLA stumbled out of the gate on offense. The Bruins fumbled on the first two possessions of the contest and spotted Cal a 7-0 lead as a result. Only a goal-line interception by Larry Atkins kept the damage to a minimum.

Quarterback Cade McNown marched the Bruins 91 yards for the tying score, hitting wide receiver Brian Poli-Dixon on a nine-yard scoring pass. On the next possession, the same combo connected, this time on a 25-yard aerial, which lifted UCLA into a 14-7 advantage. After a Cal safety narrowed the margin to 14-9, UCLA  drove 83 yards, capped off by a 13-yard dash by running back Jermaine Lewis, to extend the lead to 21-9. The Golden Bears drove deep into UCLA territory late in the first half and had a first-and-goal inside the Bruin five-yard line, but Atkins came up with a fumble recovery to snuff out the threat.

In the third quarter, Cal once again moved down the field and enjoyed  another first-and-goal opportunity. UCLA's defense came up big and stonewalled the Bears on downs. Late in the third quarter, the Golden Bears finally scored on a short touchdown pass to slice the margin to 21-16 with 36 seconds remaining.

Early in the final quarter, UCLA drove to Cal's 30-yard line and then pulled a surprise. Lewis took a handoff and tossed a touchdown pass to a wide open Jon Dubravac with 13:53 on the clock. The Bruin defense stiffened and Cal never crossed midfield again.

The win pushed UCLA's record to 6-0 on the season, its best start since a 7-0 beginning to the 1988 campaign. It was also UCLA's 16th consecutive win, the longest current win streak in the nation. McNown threw for two scores and ran 12 times for 57 yards. The Bruin defense limited Cal to 224 total yards for the game. Linebackers Tony White, with 10, and Ryan Nece, with nine, topped the team in tackles.

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UCLA 14 7 0 7 28
California 7 2 7 0 16

 October 18, 2008 – Stanford at UCLA
After Stanford jumped out to a 14-6 advantage at the half, UCLA used some last-second heroics to register a Homecoming win over the Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.

UCLA offset a pair of Stanford short scoring runs with a couple of field goals by Kai Forbath from 37 and 19 yards out and trailed by eight points at the break. The Bruins tallied first in the second half of play on a short pass from quarterback Kevin Craft to wide receiver Terrence Austin after the Bruins recovered a fumbled punt. Forbath's conversion pulled the Bruins to within one point.

A third Forbath field goal, this kick from 28 yards out, lifted UCLA into a 16-14 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. Stanford answered with a pair of field goals at the 12:00 and 2:31 minute marks to go back in front 20-16.

The Bruins went into two-minute drill mode to find a winning answer. Craft found wide receiver Nelson Rosario for a couple of key gains. Chane Moline added a big third-down run and a catch out of the backfield. Craft then targeted tight end Cory Harkey for a seven-yard scoring play with just 10 seconds to play to secure the 23-20 win. The score finished off a 10-play 87-yard game-winning drive which lasted 2:21.

The UCLA defense limited Stanford to just 51 yards through the air. Cornerback Alterraun Verner led the team with seven tackles. Craft finished with 285 yards passing and a couple of touchdowns. The win evened UCLA's league record at 2-2 on the year.

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Stanford 7 7 0 6 20
UCLA 0 6 7 10 23