Stanford hands UCLA first loss in 24-10 decision

STANFORD, Calif. — David Shaw trusted his defense, and it rewarded him.

The Stanford head coach stuck to his conservative playbook on the way to a 24-10 win at home, handing No. 9 UCLA its first loss of the season and perhaps dashing the Bruins’ BCS bowl hopes.

Cardinal safety Jordan Richards picked off quarterback Brett Hundley twice, with his second coming with just 2:40 left on the game clock. Stanford ran the ball five straight times, scoring 58 seconds later on tailback Tyler Gaffney’s four-yard score — his second touchdown of the game.

Hundley looked jittery most of the afternoon, but woke up late in the third quarter. He had missed throws and lagged in the pocket for the better part of the game, going 10 of 18 for 58 yards. On UCLA’s first touchdown drive, the redshirt sophomore went completed all eight of his pass attempts for 76 yards.

He found receiver Shaq Evans in the end zone for a three-yard strike to start the fourth, cutting No. 13 Stanford’s lead to 17-10 and injecting hope into the packed rows of blue in Stanford Stadium’s north corner.

UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) was a disjointed mess in the first half. They held the ball for just 9:30 to Stanford’s 20:30, and converted just one of their six third downs. Stanford (6-1, 4-1) kept its playbook conservative, but churned out 207 yards to UCLA’s 84.

The third quarter started out even worse. Linebacker Eric Kendricks had left for Stanford Hospital with kidney pain, and backup left Conor McDermott also suffered an injury.

The Cardinal became the first team to score against UCLA in a third quarter this season, breaking an 71-0 unanswered streak with Kodi Whitfield’s thrilling 30-yard catch. Double covered by safety Anthony Jefferson and cornerback Ishmael Adams, Whitfield pulled in the touchdown with one hand.

Hundley later telegraphed his first interception to Richards, marking the Cardinal’s 32nd straight game with at least one takeaway. Stanford responded with a 60-yard scoring drive, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Gaffney.

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  • Joe Blow

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETT!
    Poor sour puss Mora. No class.

    • jameskatt

      Mora is fine. But your name just blows.

      • Joe Blow

        He’s a punk. He’s done ZIP. Thinks he’s hot stuff. Got what he deserved. Ducks will clown him next.

        • Hey SUC’s

          Joey Latent, the ooze from SUC land.

          • Joe Blow

            Hahahaha. SUC it! StanFURD ate your lunch! Ducks next. Hahahahaha. Love it. Kool Aid please?

          • Hey SUC’s

            Yawn and more yawn.

          • Joe Blow

            Like sleeping with your old lady. yawn and more yawn.

          • EncinitasBruin

            Joe’s just mad because pUSC is irrelevant, unranked, and outclassed in the Pac-12. UCLA plays its worst game of the year and nearly wins, AND stays in first place in the P-12 South.

          • Joe Blow

            Could care less about SC’s ranking or results. You clowns always think you’re top of the ladder in football. StanFurd showed you again you are NOTHING. 1954, Hahahahaha

          • EncinitasBruin

            Nice job today against an unranked ND team. USC is Irrelevant. 38-28.

          • Joe Blow

            Nicer job choking against the Furd.

          • EncinitasBruin

            If you don’t care about SC, and just hate UCLA, what does that make you, Joe? It’s sad to think you don’t care about anything. Trolling to get under our skin is one thing, but if you honestly don’t give a sh*t about SC football, and could give a flip about SC BB (statements you make above), then why even post? Cuz if it’s simply to hate on UCLA, that’s just pathetic and rather pitiful.

          • Joe Blow

            Gee, thanks for the cheap therapy. Of course cheapness is a staple of ucla.

  • jameskatt

    UCLA sucked today. The offense was half asleep. Hundley played like he had food piosoning. He single-handedly gifted 2 touchdowns to Stanford with his interceptions. There was zero running game.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      Losing several offensive linemen over the last three games — and their mental mistakes — cost the team today.

  • Hey SUC’s

    Is it possible BH has vision problems? His depth perception seems way off. And for some reason BH acts like he would rather take a sack instead of taking off.

    • Joe Blow

      Yeah, he had vision problems. Drank too much Kool Aid. Hangover. Like yours.

      • Hey SUC’s

        Yawn.

        • Joe Blow

          Yawn is right. Your program has been asleep since 1954

          • Hey SUC’s

            FYI. 1954 is the only year a men SUC BB team ever reached the final four. And, in typical fashion Joey, SUC finished third.

          • Joe Blow

            Don’t care about BB. You CARE about FB. Your FB program SUCs!
            Hahahahahaha. Loser. Great day today. Hahahahahaha. What’s the temp out in the IE? Hahahahahaha

          • Hey SUC’s

            Way to ooze.

          • Joe Blow

            Hahahaha. It’s killing you. Heisman? National Championship? Pac 12 Champs? NOT. Hahahahahaha

          • drakejr

            You know what’s funny? Adding Hawaii to the schedule lets USC get an extra loss this year. USC is finding new ways to suck more than ever.

            JB, why don’t you talk smack in a week where your team didn’t get embarrassed by an unranked also ran? Just kidding, we know why, you’d never get to talk then.

          • Joe Blow

            I don’t care about SC. You have to try and change the subject. The facts: ucla football is just as lousy as it’s always been. You’ve been drinking the Kool Aid. You know who sux? UCLA Hahahahahahaha

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Yeah, we are 5-1, first in the P12 South, ranked #12, and just took the #6 team in the nation down to the final two minutes…having played our worst game of the year. Okay, if that’s your definition of “sux,” then we accept it. Nice game yesterday against ND, and good luck in your next loss vs Utah. “Don’t care…” LOL.

          • Joe Blow

            Yep, well think about this. You’re not even close to the best team in the nation, the Pac 12, the Pac 12 South, California, and sweat dripping, maybe even in Los Angeles!
            Have another Kool Aid.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            In five years, maybe when USC is relevant again, and can actually challenge the back-to-back P12 South champs, you might be able to back up all that babbling. Until then, enjoy the rest of your irrelevant season. 4-3. LOL. 38-28. Blow on that.

          • Joe Blow

            Blah Blah Blah. You have NO NCs in FB and won’t. Irrelevant? Nothing is more irrelevant than ucla football. 1954. Live with it. It’s not going to change. Blow on THAT.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Aw look, Blow’s brought a knife to a gunfight. We could care less about 1954, or 1594–hey, we know that’s all pUSC fans have to cling to now, since your program became irrelevant three years ago. Welcome to 2013, Blow, where we do, indeed, OWN pUSC and the P12S. Reality is a bee-atch, isn’t it?

          • Joe Blow

            Blow it out. ucla is nothing in football and you know it. Welcome to 2013. Give me a break. You’ve done nothing except LOSE your FIRST test. You’ve beaten NOBODY. No way you’ll be in a BCS game. Reality is a bee-atch, isn’t it? You’ve done nothing and will accomplish the same. Go ahead with your blah blah blah. ZERO NC since 1954 and ONE has been Heisman. What a joke.

  • Donald Romero

    It looks like the Bruins and Coaching staff have peaked out. I only hope now is their up coming opponents have peak out more then the Bruins. It the same old mistakes game after game. Let’s face it UCLA students, Alumni, Administrators, fans, UCLA will finish with a record of 7-5. This will put the Bruins in the “LOST VEGAS BOWL.”