Stunning upset of Longhorns huge for Bruins, and Neuheisel
This wasn’t 66-3, but it will do in Westwood.
UCLA went to Austin for a game it could not win. Texas, ranked seventh, was too good. The Bruins needed to just get out of the game in one piece.
Then a stunned crowd of 101,437 watched Saturday as those preconceptions turned into misconceptions. The Bruins stomped all over Memorial Stadium, and ran over the Longhorns, before strutting off with a 34-12 victory that was an echo from their past.
UCLA’s 66-3 victory over 11th-ranked Texas in 1997 altered the Longhorns’ future, as it led to coach John Mackovic’s firing and the hiring of Mack Brown. And this one? “I hope we look back on this and say this was our turning point,” UCLA Coach