Oct. 16, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Kyle Boller threw a touchdown pass, Saleem Muhammad ran for a score, and the California defense did the rest Saturday as the Golden Bears beat UCLA 17-0.
The shutout was the first for the Bears since blanking San Jose State 55-0 in 1994.
UCLA (3-4 overall, 1-3 Pac-10) came in averaging 31 points per game after averaging 39.7 last year. The Bruins had scored 20 or more points in each of their last 31 games.
Cal (3-3, 2-1) snapped a four-game losing streak against UCLA and ended the Bruins' 13-game regular-season winning streak at the Rose Bowl.
Boller threw a 27-yard scoring pass to fellow freshman Joseph Echema with 6:12 left in the first quarter, two plays after an illegal block nullified Deltha O'Neal's 40-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Bears had put the Bruins in a hole when Nick Harris' 34-yard punt was downed at the UCLA 1. Harris later had a 68-yard punt, and averaged 53.1 yards for seven kicks.
There would be no more scoring until Muhammad's 33-yard touchdown run on a third-and-25 play with 10:45 left in the game. Boller kept that drive alive by completing a 39-yard pass to Sean Currin on third-and-26.
Mark Jensen kicked an 18-yard field goal with 2:42 remaining, three plays after Joshua White's 62-yard run on third-and-1 to the UCLA 5.
Boller, who went to Hart High in nearby Newhall, completed 9-of-20 passes for 113 yards with three interceptions. Joe Igber, another freshman, rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries, and Muhammad picked up 77 yards on 16 attempts.
Freshman UCLA quarterback Cory Paus was just 9-of-28 for 81 yards with one interception, and led the Bruins in rushing with 67 yards on 11 carries.
By late in the first quarter, UCLA was being booed by some in the Rose Bowl crowd of 55,559 for its offensive ineptitude. The Bruins punted five times without getting a first down in the first 15 minutes.
UCLA crossed midfield for the first time early in the second period on a 27-yard run by Paus, but Chidi Iwuoma intercepted a long pass by Paus to thwart that opportunity.
The Bruins reached the Cal 37 late in the second quarter before Andre Carter forced Paus to fumble and Jacob Waasdorp recovered for the Bears.
UCLA had a great opportunity midway through the third quarter when Ryan Roque's interception put them in business at the Cal 37. However, after the Bruins moved to the 26, Drew Bennett's only pass of the game was intercepted by Damian Marzett.
The Bruins lost the ball on downs at Cal's 3 with 58 seconds to play.
By JOHN NADEL