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Monday, June 22, 2009
Texas nightmare; UCLA dream

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin is counting down his most memorable moments in the conference, and UCLA fans probably would enjoy No. 15 -- UCLA's 66-3 win at Texas in 1997.

Wrote Griffin: "It was one of the most embarrassing moments in Texas football history."

He further notes that it spelled the end for John Mackovic in Austin. (I wonder if the Arizona folks wish they'd paid more attention to that score.)

The 1997 Bruins started 0-2 under Bob Toledo, but that dominating effort became the first of 20 consecutive victories with Cade McNown at quarterback.

UCLA finished the season with a 29-23 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, making the Bruins the lords of the State of Texas for a season.

UCLA also won the return date with the Longhorns by 18 points in 1998.

Of course, those 1998 Bruins lost their season finale at Miami -- surrendering a 17-point lead in a game that was rescheduled from September to December due to Hurricane Georges -- which eliminated them from the national title chase. Then they lost to Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

And things haven't been the same in Westwood since.

(And, yes, I wrote all this so you could get another gander at Scott Reid's outstanding story about how the Bruins' program imploded).