De­fense leads the way

Los Angeles Times - - Ucla Game Report - Chris Fos­ter re­port­ing from austin, texas chris.fos­ter@latimes.com twit­ter.com/cfos­ter­la­times

A month ago, UCLA’s de­fense was pow­der-blue py­lons that Kansas State ran around, and over, for 313 yards. On Satur­day, the Bru­ins messed with Texas.

A 34-12 vic­tory over the sev­enth-ranked Longhorns was rooted in the Bru­ins de­fense, which forced four turnovers and gang tack­led Texas into sub­mis­sion.

Texas fin­ished with only 85 yards rush­ing, av­er­ag­ing 3.7 yards per carry. Linebacker Akeem Ay­ers forced a fum­ble and in­ter­cepted a pass. Linebacker Sean West­gate, 5 feet 11 and 220 pounds, made 11 tack­les, seven solo.

It was not the de­fense that Kansas State and Stan­ford pum­meled in the first two games this sea­son.

“There was lot in­di­vid­u­al­ism go­ing on, and we had a lot of neg­a­tive stuff go­ing on,” strong safety Tony Dye said. “We took it upon our­selves to em­pha­size the dis­ci­pline of do­ing your job. You don’t run off the field af­ter prac­tice, you’re do­ing pushups. We locked ev­ery­thing down in prac­tice, so we can lock things down in the game.”

Pass­ing out

UCLA had eight passes for 27 yards, re­ly­ing al­most solely on its run­ning game.

“I kept look­ing up at the stats and see­ing ‘six yards pass­ing’ in the first half and was go­ing, ‘Who am I?’ “ said Coach Rick Neuheisel, whose teams at Washington were pass-happy. Said quar­ter­back Kevin

Prince: “If I get 27 yards pass­ing and we win, I’ll take

that trade-off.”

Pulling rank

This was UCLA’s first vic­tory on the road against a ranked team since beat­ing 19th-ranked Ore­gon State in 2001. It was the Bru­ins’ first vic­tory over a top-10 team on the road since beat­ing 10thranked Ari­zona in 1998.

Hold that thought

Prince scram­bled and slid out of bounds on a third­down play, com­ing up limp­ing, early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

While the trainer was look­ing at him, West­gate forced a fum­ble on a punt and Dal­ton Hil­liard re­cov­ered at the four-yard line.

Prince ran onto the field, ig­nor­ing protests by the trainer, and threw a one­yard touch­down pass to

Ricky Marvray to give

UCLA a 7-3 lead.

“I don’t re­mem­ber ex­actly what I said, it was in the heat of the moment,” Prince said. “But I made it pretty clear that I needed to be back on the field. He was a lit­tle mad at me, but that’s all right. I’ll take that for a touch­down.”

Quick hits

Ay­ers left late in the fourth quar­ter be­cause of a shoul­der in­jury. “Just a sprain, it’s fine,” Ay­ers said. He will have X-rays taken as a pre­cau­tion Sun­day. …Cen­ter Ryan Tay­lor left in the third quar­ter be­cause of cramps in his calf, ham­string and quad and was taken to the locker room. “I had two IVs, four ba­nanas and two Ga­torades,” Tay­lor said. He re­turned to the game.

MAK­ING A POINT:

Bren­dan Maloney

UCLA quar­ter­back Kevin Prince, right, re­acts af­ter scor­ing a touch­down in the third quar­ter on the way to help­ing the Bru­ins up­set No. 7-ranked Texas, 34-12, at Austin.

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