UCLA Vs. Stanford: Stanford Defeats UCLA Easily

UCLA got run over on the road at Stanford.

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UCLA Vs. Stanford: Cardinal Run Roughshod Over Bruins

UCLA gave it the old college try, but too much black, too much Luck, and too much private school had the Bruins looking at a insurmountable deficit. The game was closer than the 45-19 final score will make it look, but only because Stanford took their time firing on all cylinders.

Leland Stanford Junior University is in the odd position of being both front runners in the Pac12 and living up to the hype. Odd in that just a year ago, Oregon occupied that role. Odd in that for the last decade of Pac football, it has been USC and a sack of potatoes.

Now Stanford are well out in front, and much of that has to do with the return of their starting QB Andrew Luck. Luck had a bit of an off day, only throwing for 227 yards at a 23/27 clip. Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards.

Stanford took over eight minutes on their first scoring drive, and then scored twice in the last three quarters of the game. UCLA made some drives to make it interesting, but never got closer than 10 points.

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UCLA Vs. Stanford: Bruins Score To Fight Back

For the majority of the first half, the story has been Stanford’s dominance. On their first three drives, Stanford scored a touchdown, a touchdown, and a field goal while UCLA turned it over on downs, punted, and fumbled. However, with less than three minutes to go in the half, UCLA finally got a drive together and cut the Tree lead down to ten.

Starting again at their own 20, UCLA marched down the field largely behind the accuracy of Richard Brehaut’s arm. It was Brehaut who threw the scoring play, a 12 yard pass to Joseph Fauria. Stanford simply took a knee to end the half.

UCLA has proven they can drive on Stanford, and the biggest second half change may have to come from the coaching staff. It’s one thing to try and make a statement in your opening drive, but UCLA could be down just a touchdown had they played it safe. There will be plenty of game to prove your worth, the first half has to be about putting points on the board.

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UCLA Vs Stanford: Stanford Scores On Long Drive

Heading into the second quarter, UCLA only trails Stanford by a touchdown. Certainly closer than most thought it would be. That’s probably because Stanford took 16 plays and went 99 yards in 8:08 minutes. In other words, Stanford’s scoring drive took almost half the quarter.

UCLA had a great first drive, starting at their own 20 and getting down to the Stanford two. A Stanford fourth down goal line stand kept UCLA out of the endzone and without any points. Unfortunately for the Bruins, it felt a bit like a last stand.

Wearing their terrible all black uniforms, Stanford is in more control of the game than the scoreboard shows. Andrew Luck is 7/8 for 73 yards and even caught a pass for 13 yards.

As I was typing this update, Stanford scored another touchdown. Clearly the Cardinal have control of this game, and UCLA can only hope to hold on. Richard Brehaut is 5/5 for 79 yards, most of that on the initial UCLA drive.

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