UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: Stanford

Stanford’s JJ Arcega-Whiteside makes the touchdown grab against UCLA’s Nate Meadors during the final seconds to take the lead at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

UCLA at Stanford
Saturday, Sept. 23 | Stanford Stadium

The faces change, but the results likely won’t with David Shaw in charge: Stanford, even without Christian McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas, is still Stanford. The Cardinal stumbled off their Pac-12 champion perch last year, but don’t expect them to stay down for long.

With a stellar talent on defense, Stanford (10-3, 6-3 Pac-12 last year) is expected to challenge for the Pac-12 North again. On offense, the Cardinal have McCaffrey’s replacement ready, but are unsettled up front. Quarterback Keller Chryst, who won the starting job last October and led the Cardinal to six straight wins to end the year, is recovering from a knee injury suffered in last year’s Sun Bowl. He’s expected to return for fall camp, with Ryan Burns as the backup.

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UCLA links: Bruins put Stanford loss behind them

Stanford Cardinal's Christian McCaffrey rumbles for more yards against UCLA Bruins' defense during the first half at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Stanford Cardinal’s Christian McCaffrey rumbles for more yards against UCLA Bruins’ defense during the first half at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Head coach Jim Mora said he had never seen his team more crushed by a loss than when he saw the Bruins in the locker room at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. They stewed about the loss for 24 hours, went through corrections and went to dinner.

Then they moved on.

Mora doesn’t believe the team’s goals are out of reach, despite the 2-2 start. It’s a lot harder now, he admitted, but that’s why moving on and learning from the loss to the Cardinal is important.

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Wrapping up UCLA’s 22-13 loss to Stanford

Stanford's JJ Arcega-Whiteside makes the touchdown grab against UCLA's Nate Meadors during the final seconds to take the lead at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Stanford’s JJ Arcega-Whiteside makes the touchdown grab against UCLA’s Nate Meadors during the final seconds to take the lead at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Stanford head coach David Shaw said UCLA “kicked our backsides,” but it was the Bruins who were really hurting Saturday night. The Bruins won the turnover battle, sacked Ryan Burns twice and held Christian McCaffrey without a touchdown.

The only thing they didn’t do was finish.

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Photos: Stanford comes back to beat UCLA

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Click the photo above (or HERE) to see photos of UCLA’s 22-13 loss to Stanford on Saturday.

Above, clockwise from top left: Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside grabs the game-winning touchdown over UCLA DB Nate Meadors; UCLA DL Matt Dickerson jumps to try to clock a field goal; Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey bursts through the line; UCLA TE Nate Iese catches a touchdown (Photos by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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UCLA game GIFs: Stanford comes back for ninth straight victory

UCLA came up just short Saturday night against Stanford, giving up the game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds left after holding the Cardinal out of the end zone for nearly the entire game. It was Stanford’s ninth straight win against the Bruins and sixth in the Jim Mora era.

Here’s some reaction from the sad/mad/frustrated Bruin fans

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