FINAL: Stanford schooled UCLA after the Bruins kept pace at 7-7 after one quarter. After the game, Jim Mora vehemently denied holding back any effort or playcalls to draw an easier path to the Rose Bowl. If UCLA had beaten Stanford, it would have traveled to Eugene on Friday to face Oregon for the Pac-12 title. As it stands, winning a rematch against the Cardinal won’t be easy, but is certainly doable.
Stanford 35, UCLA 17 – 1:53 third quarter: Johnathan Franklin ran 11 yards for UCLA’s third score of the game, capping the Bruins’ five-play, 65-yard drive. A personal foul by Jeff Baca backed the PAT 15 yards, but Ka’imi Fairbairn didn’t have any trouble knocking it through.
Stanford 35, UCLA 10 – 7:28 third quarter: UCLA is starting to break apart at the seams after holding Stanford back well for most of the game. Freshman Kenneth Walker fumbled on a kickoff return, and Usua Amanam returns it for a touchdown. This one looks over. As a consolation, the Bruins will get another shot at Stanford on the road next week in the Pac-12 Championship. All of Eugene groans.
Stanford 28, UCLA 10 – 7:41 third quarter: Brett Hundley is having one of his worst games of the season. A telegraphed interception leads to a 40-yard run by Stepfan Taylor, who then punches the ball in for a Stanford touchdown.
HALFTIME – Stanford is outgaining UCLA 231 yards to 165. Difference has been on the ground, which isn’t surprising based on how vaunted the Cardinal rushing defense was heading into this game. Bruins have just 34 on the ground to Stanford’s 116, although much of that came on Stepfan Taylor’s 49-yard TD run. Most lopsided stat is Stanford’s 13 first downs to UCLA’s four.
Stanford 21, UCLA 10 – 1:42 second quarter: Freshman kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn with a much-needed 48-yard field goal. The Bruins offense stalled again, but special teams is coming up huge to keep hope alive for UCLA. Anthony Barr absolutely drilled Stanford punter Daniel Zychlinski after a muffed snap, and Cassius Marsh recovered the team’s seventh blocked punt/kick in the past three games. UCLA lost 8 yards on the next three plays, but Fairbairn drilled a career-long field goal to make sure the Bruins got points. He had yet to connect from farther than 35 this year.
Stanford 21, UCLA 7 – 6:43 second quarter: Stepfan Taylor gets his first big play of the game with a 49-yard run to the end zone. The Cardinal offensive line plowed a hole for him even against a defense stacked against the run. Quick scoring drive by Stanford, as it goes 56 yards in two plays after the Bruins’ three-and-out. UCLA offense has stalled hard since the first quarter.
Stanford 14, UCLA 7 – 8:22 second quarter: Anthony Wilkerson runs for his first touchdown of the year, taking it 10 yards on a direct snap. The Cardinal looked more like it did to start the game, churning up turf on an 88-yard drive that took 10 plays and 4:32. All 10 of Stanford’s first downs have come on their scoring drives, five on each.
The drive was also helped along by a pass interference penalty against UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, who found himself downfield against tight end Levine Toilolo. The Bruins have committed five penalties, losing 55 yards in the process.
END FIRST QUARTER – Scoring drives have stalled for both teams, although Brett Hundley did throw a beautiful 31-yarder to Jerry Johnson. More notably, Hundley punted at the end of one drive, after UCLA lined up as if they were going for it on fourth-and-3. Rolled to the 1. Hundley is really keying the team right now, though he could still learn to throw the ball away sometimes. Almost took a safety earlier, but stumbled out of the end zone to make it just a plain sack.
UCLA 7, Stanford 7 – 8:21 first quarter: Brett Hundley quickly ties the game up, connecting with Joseph Fauria on an easy red zone play. Hundley found his 6-foot-7 tight end near the left pylon, where the defender could do little against such a big target. Good capper on a drive (87 yards, 6 plays, 1:57) that also featured Hundley throwing a 71-yard strike to Shaq Evans, who got past the defense as Hundley srambled.
Stanford 7, UCLA 0 – 10:21 first quarter: Kevin Hogan’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Drew Terrell puts the Cardinal on the board first. Hogan scrambled before finding a nice opening to Terrell in the end zone. Stanford needed just two completions from Hogan on what was a bruising 12-play, 75-yard drive. Stepfan Taylor ran for 28 yards on five carries, and the Cardinal was pushed along by a 15-yard facemask penalty as well.