February 20, 1992 |
They gather around him nearly every night, like a pack of streetwise cubs, listening to the same old story. Not the one about playing in front of 30,000 screaming fans--though he could tell it. Not the one where he threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another--though he could tell that one, too. No, the topic of the evening, every evening, that Matt Stevens chooses to share with his 9- and 10-year-old neighborhood buddies is the story of life. Not his, but theirs.
November 22, 1986
Try as I might, I fail to see any good reason for The Times wasting paper and ink on the whining excuses of UCLA's crybaby quarterback, Matt Stevens. In the few games I have seen, Stevens' ineptitude has been readily apparent. So now, as the rest of the team pouts about Arizona State winning a big game and preventing the Bruins' backing into the Rose Bowl once again, Stevens points to his big games, against such perennial powerhouses as San Diego State, Cal State Long Beach and Oregon State.
November 22, 1997
Thank you for Larry Stewart's moving story on Matt Stevens. As a Bruin alumnus and fan, I always admired Matt's fiery disposition on the field. A few years ago, we became friends. Matt and my son Nick had something in common. Nick also had testicular cancer--at age 1. Although he is now fully in remission, chemotherapy resulted in complications that left Nick handicapped. Still, he is a happy, bright, special boy of 14. One night last fall, before UCLA's first game, I came home and discovered a pouch at my front door, addressed to my son. There was a note in which Matt spoke of the joy he felt the day he received his first uniform as a young boy. In the pouch was Matt Stevens' jersey from the 1986 Rose Bowl victory over Iowa.
January 17, 2004
What's up in Westwood? The No. 2 quarterback and tailback transfer while other schools are four and five deep. Couldn't the coaching staff convince Matt Moore and Tyler Ebell that they were one instant injury away from starting? To cheer up this depressed Bruin fan, I watched the tape of UCLA's 45-28 1986 Rose Bowl victory over Iowa. We won that game with the No. 2 QB (Matt Stevens) and the No. 2 tailback (MVP Eric Ball). Surely that tape exists somewhere in the Morgan Center. The starting wide receiver was Karl Dorrell!
June 7, 1988 |
Matt Stevens threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Gary Mullen, to lead the Los Angeles Cobras to a 36-22 victory over the New York Knights in Arena Football Monday night. Stevens completed 16 of 29 passes for 205 yards for the Cobras (3-3), who have won three straight games. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Knights after a season-opening victory. Stevens, a former UCLA quarterback, threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Mullen six seconds into the final period to break a 22-22 tie.
June 26, 1988
Matt Stevens passed for six touchdowns and brought the Los Angeles Cobras from a two-touchdown deficit to a 49-34 Arena Football League victory over the New England Steamrollers Saturday night at Providence, R.I. The Cobras (4-5) moved two games ahead of the Steamrollers (2-7) in their bid for the league's final playoff spot. New England had a 14-0 lead after one quarter, before Stevens, who completed 19 of 29 passes for 249 yards, went to work.