PALO ALTO — It might not have been a must-win situation for second-year Stanford Coach Buddy Teevens, but the Cardinal's 21-14 victory over UCLA on Saturday was pretty close.
It was Stanford's first Pacific 10 Conference victory in 10 games.
Not only was Stanford coming off its first shutout defeat in seven years, the Cardinal had dropped four consecutive games while giving up 131 points. And not only had the 46-year-old Teevens been brought in as a replacement for the popular Tyrone Willingham with cred- entials as an offensive whiz, the Cardinal offense was pretty much dysfunctional.
The fans had noticed, mainly by staying away. Attendance at Stanford's three home games this year has been 34,345 for San Jose State, 48,526 for Washington State and 44,950 for UCLA -- in Stanford Stadium with a capacity of 85,500.
"They're all big wins. Our guys believe in themselves and believe in what they're doing," Teevens said.
The offense didn't do much Saturday with only 206 yards, but Stanford was 2-9 last year and it is 3-4 this year, so that's a step in the right direction.