By Steve Yanda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 12, 2010; 5:47 PM
No. 25 Stanford recorded its first road shutout since 1974 Saturday night while ending a six-game losing streak to UCLA at the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal defeated the Bruins, 35-0, for its first win at the Pasadena, Calif., stadium in 14 years.
"It means a lot," Stanford safety Michael Thomas told reporters afterward. "No doubt about it, we've been hearing it. Last time we won here was 1996. Shoot, let's get it done. A win here at the Rose Bowl, this is where we want to get back to. Getting the first win here, just get that taste in your mouth, see the atmosphere, and you're like, 'Man, I've got to get back here,' so it was great."
Thomas returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter, though the game was sealed long before then. Stanford forced UCLA to commit four turnovers.
The task now for the Cardinal is to play well enough the rest of the regular season to return to the Rose Bowl - which also is the Bowl Championship Series bowl in which the Pac-10 winner typically plays - in January.
UCLA had not been shut out at home since losing, 17-0, to California in Oct. 1999. Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel called Saturday's game "an offensive disaster." UCLA tallied 81 passing yards on the night.
"We just talked a lot about packing the defense for a road game," Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters. "It's something we needed to play better on the road, and we certainly packed the defense this week."