PASADENA, Calif. -- Stanford clinched the Pac-12 North Division with a 35-17 victory over UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. It sets up a rematch with the Bruins Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., in the second annual Pac-12 championship game. Here’s how the Bruins graded out:
Brett Hundley completed 20 of 38 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown, giving him at least one touchdown in every game this season. Receivers Shaquelle Evans and Joseph Fauria had four catches each and Hundley connected with eight different players, but the receivers dropped more passes than you’d like to see and the line gave up seven sacks.
Johnathan Franklin had 65 yards rushing, his second-lowest total this season, and the Bruins tied their season low with 73 yards rushing as a team. They averaged only 2.2 yards per carry, which was to be expected against a Stanford defense that was No. 2 in the nation against the run coming into the game.
The Bruins limited Kevin Hogan to 160 yards passing, the second-lowest passing total against the Bruins this season. They did not give up a pass play longer than 25 yards, they sacked Hogan twice and only two Stanford receivers had more than two catches. A defensive holding call nullified a Jordan Zumwalt interception and the Bruins didn’t get an interception for only the second time this season.
Stanford pounded the UCLA defense for 221 yards on the ground -- the second-highest rushing total against UCLA this season. Stepfan Taylor had 142 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 7.1 yards per carry as the UCLA front seven continually missed tackles. Linebacker Eric Kendricks had 15 tackles and Anthony Barr added a career-high nine, but it was a bad day overall against the run.
Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn made a career-long 48-yard field goal and Jeff Locke averaged 45 yards on six punts, including one for 58 yards. Hundley also had a nice pooch punt that landed inside the Stanford 15. The Bruins also recovered a fumbled snap on a punt. Still, a fumbled kickoff return pretty much sealed UCLA’s fate when Stanford returned it for a touchdown and a 35-10 lead.
UCLA seemed to play with fire and emotion until the end, which is a good sign. The Bruins broke out the L.A. Night uniforms for added inspiration, but there really isn’t much you can do to prepare for a team that is playing for some high stakes when you are not. Penalties (10 for 115 yards) were again an issue.