UCLA rolled into Austin, Texas back in 1997 and handed the Texas Longhorns a 66-3 beating in the same stadium the two teams played in on Saturday. This time around, the Bruins once again handed the No.7 Longhorns a beating as they embarrassed Texas 34-12. The Bruins forced four first half turnovers and ran all over the nation’s No.2 ranked rushing defense to improve to 2-2 on the year.
Quarterback Kevin Prince rushed for a touchdown and passed for another, and Johnathan Franklin rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown as they cruised to one of the biggest upsets so far this year in NCAA football.
“It was a rear-end kicking,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “This one’s embarrassing for me. As a head coach, I’m responsible for everybody in this program, from the trainers to the managers to the walk-ons, to the kids to the coaches — everybody.”
Texas (3-1) got on the board first on a 31-yard field goal by Justin Tucker, but this would be their only points until late in the third quarter. The Bruins followed up quickly as Prince found Ricky Marvray on a 1-yard touchdown pass and Kai Forbath would add two field goals to give UCLA a 13-3 heading into intermission.
UCLA would strike again in the third quarter as Frankln scored on a 11-yard touchdown run to put the Bruins up by 17. Texas would then add a field goal but once again the Bruins marched right back as Prince scored on a 38-yard run out to give UCLA a 27-6 lead heading into the final period…and the route was on. Texas never posed any kind of threat to rally in the final quarter and did not get into the end zone until there was 2:28 left in the game. Derrick Coleman would add the final nail in the coffin on his 29-yard touchdown run to give UCLA the upset win.
The Bruins only managed 27 yards passing but yardage through the air was not needed due to their punishing ground game. Despite outgaining UCLA in yardage, the Longhorns’ five turnovers were too much to overcome. The win for UCLA was their first on the road against a ranked team since 1991. The Bruins’ head coach Rick Neuheisel was excited about the win but knows there is still a lot of football left to play.
“It’s too early in the season to pound our chest and say ‘We’re here,” Neuheisel said. “But it will be a fun trip home.”