UCLA football’s effective defense against BYU to be tested by Stanford

PROVO, Utah — It was a defensive performance unlike anything we’ve seen from a UCLA team in recent memory.

The Bruins held their opponent – the BYU Cougars – to 23 rushing yards on 25 attempts. That’s the fewest rushing yards allowed by a UCLA defense since 2008.

[Recap: UCLA football tops BYU 17-14]

But it wasn’t just that. There was a deeper significance behind the stats.

Entering the game, UCLA’s run defense was one of the most maligned parts of the team. In their last five...


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