Mighty Bruins Upset No. 7 Texas 34-12
AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Johnathan Franklin rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown Saturday and UCLA stunned No. 7 Texas 34-12 on its home field again.
Thirteen years after the Bruins walloped the Longhorns 66-3 in the same stadium, UCLA sent Texas fans heading to the exits early by forcing four first-half turnovers, then letting its grinding ground game chew up the second.
The Bruins (2-2) ran for 264 of their 291 total yards. Quarterback Kevin Prince’s 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the game away against a Texas offense that misfired all afternoon.
After starting 0-2, including a 35-0 loss to Pac-10 rival Stanford, the Bruins have consecutive wins over Top 25 opponents.
Texas (3-1) lost its first home game since 2007 against Kansas State and scored its fewest points at home since a 12-7 loss to Texas A&M in 2006.
Texas fans looking for payback for the “Rout 66” game in 1997 never got even a glimpse of revenge in this one.
When it was over and most of the Longhorns fans had left the stadium, Bruins players rushed to the corner dominated by fans wearing UCLA blue. Many of them had come down to the front rail where Franklin danced and exchanged high fives amid the chants of “U-C-L-A.”
That came after Texas fans booed throughout much of the second half. Texas has one week to pick itself up for next Saturday’s rivalry showdown with No. 8 Oklahoma in Dallas.
The Longhorns running game continues to go nowhere and the passing game stalled against a Bruins defense that swarmed Garrett Gilbert. UCLA sacked Gilbert for Texas’ first turnover and took away the deep routes by Longhorns receivers all afternoon.
Even when Gilbert checked down to short throws, the Bruins smothered everything for minimal gains. Gilbert finished with 264 yards on 30-of-45 passing with a late touchdown to James Kirkendoll.
Texas’ problems began in the second quarter when Curtis Brown fumbled a punt inside the Texas 5 to set up UCLA’s first touchdown, a 2-yard pass from Prince to Ricky Marvray.
A fumble by D.J. Monroe set up Kai Forbath’s second field goal, a 49-yarder for a 13-3 Bruins lead.
At that point, the Texas defense was keeping the Longhorns in the game. UCLA had 77 total yards and five first downs in the first half.
The Bruins took complete control in the third. UCLA drove 80 yards, 76 on the ground, to a 20-3 lead on Franklin’s 11-yard TD run. Franklin also had a 35-yard run in the drive.
After Texas kicked a field goal, the Bruins marched right back down the field to another score. After a kickoff return to the midfield, Prince got the entire Texas defense running to his right with a fake handoff, then zipped back to his left and rambled 38 yards untouched to the end zone. Prince pumped his fist as he crossed the goal line and UCLA led 27-6 to start the fourth quarter.