Nov. 20, 2012
No. 15/16 UCLA Bruins (9-2 6-2 Pac-12)
November 24, 2012 3:30 p.m. (PT)
Rose Bowl (91,136) Pasadena, Calif.
Television Live national broadcast on FOX with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Julie Alexandria (sideline).
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Todd Husak (analyst). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report. A national broadcast will be provided by Dial Global Sports with John Tautges (play-by-play) and Terry Donahue (analyst). The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com.
Polls Stanford (11th - AP, 11th - USA Today) UCLA (15th - AP, 16th - USA Today)
On the Web GoStanford.com UCLABruins.com Pac-12.com
Inside the Huddle
Stanford leads the Pac-12 North while heading into its regular season finale at UCLA, one win away from the school's first appearance in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. With a Stanford win on Saturday, the Cardinal will play host to the Bruins again six days later at Stanford Stadium. The two teams can also meet for the conference championship in Pasadena if UCLA wins and Oregon State beats Oregon on Saturday.
No. 15 UCLA is the third top-25 opponent in as many weeks for Stanford, following games against No. 1 Oregon (Nov. 17) and No. 13 Oregon State (Nov. 10). The last time the Cardinal played three consecutive ranked opponents was 2007. Stanford has never defeated three ranked teams in three straight games.
Stanford currently ranks second in the NCAA in both rushing defense (71.18 yards/game) and sacks (4.18/game). The Cardinal is first in tackles for loss (9.27/game) and owns the 10th-best scoring defense (16.91 points/game) and ranks sixth in third-down defensive efficiency (28.74 percent).
UCLA ranks 110th (of 120 FBS schools) in sacks allowed (3.45/game) and is tied for 117th in tackles for loss allowed (7.91/game).
Senior RB Stepfan Taylor is eight yards away from 4,000 career rushing yards and 177 yards shy of tying Darrin Nelson's school record (4,169).
The Cardinal has won 11 of its last 12 games played in November dating back to Nov. 28, 2009.
In its three November games this season, Stanford's defense has allowed only eight third-down conversions (19.1 percent) against Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado.
With a victory Saturday, Stanford would record three straight 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw would become the first head coach at Stanford to reach 10 wins each of his first two seasons.
After recording a plus-11 turnover margin (No. 7 in the nation) through its first nine games, Stanford has suffered a minus-five turnover margin over its last two games.
No. 11 Stanford has been ranked by the Associated Press for a school-record 44 consecutive polls, most recently (Nov. 18) breaking its previous best AP poll appearance streak of 43 weeks (1969-72).
Stanford owns active winning streaks against 10 of its 12 regular season 2012 opponents: San Jose State (W5), Duke (W3), USC (W4), Arizona (W3), Cal (W3), Washington State (W5), Colorado (W4), Oregon State (W3), Oregon (W1) and UCLA (W3). The Cardinal lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
UCLA Series Notes
Series: Stanford trails, 34-45-3 (.415)
First meeting: 1925 at Stanford - Stanford 82, UCLA 0
Last meeting: 2011 at Stanford - Stanford 45, UCLA 19
Series streak: Stanford - W3 (2009-11)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 5 (1925-31) UCLA - 6 (1963-68)
In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails 34-45-3. The Bruins have won six of the last 10 meetings, but the Cardinal has won the last three, including a 45-19 victory last year at Stanford Stadium. Stanford's last win at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena was in 2010, when the Cardinal rolled, 35-0. UCLA holds the longest winning streak in the series - six games - from 1963-1968. Stanford's longest winning streak is five games (1925-1931).
Last Matchup vs. UCLA - Oct. 1, 2011
Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and padded his Heisman resume with the spectacular one-handed catch, keeping sixth-ranked Stanford perfect with a 45-19 victory over UCLA.
Luck completed 23 of 27 passes and had the Cardinal in cruise control to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games. Shaw even allowed Luck to go up to the line of scrimmage in a hurry-up offense at one point and call his own plays.
Richard Brehaut threw for 202 yards and had two touchdown passes to Joseph Fauria for the Bruins.
Luck made a one-handed catch and tiptoed the sideline with his left foot for a 13-yard reception that officials initially ruled incomplete. After a review, Luck had only the second reception of his career and first since a loss at Arizona on Oct. 17, 2009.
Coby Fleener snatched a one-handed, 18-yard touchdown pass from Luck to put the Cardinal ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter. That capped a 16-play, 99-yard drive that spanned more than 8 minutes and actually gained 119 total yards because of penalties.
Last Matchup at UCLA - Sept. 11, 2010
Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and safety Michael Thomas led a hard-hitting defensive effort with a 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown to lead No. 25 Stanford to a 35-0 win over UCLA.
The Cardinal ended a six-game losing streak to UCLA at the Rose Bowl, winning at Pasadena for the first time since 1996.
It was Stanford's first road shutout since winning 17-0 at Oregon in 1974.
Luck threw a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Coby Fleener, who was wide open in the right corner of the end zone with 8:38 to play.
Luck's first touchdown pass of the night was a 16-yarder to Ryan Whalen midway through the first quarter.
Nate Whitaker kicked field goals of 23 and 21 yards to give the Cardinal a 13-0 halftime lead.
Stanford gained 362 yards, including 211 on the ground.
Luck, who was 11 of 24 for 151 yards, made way for backup quarterback Alex Loukas after Thomas Keiser intercepted Richard Brehaut with about five minutes left. Luck also ran seven times for 63 yards.
It Happened Against UCLA
1925 - In the first meeting between the two schools, Stanford scored a school-record 12 touchdowns and defeated UCLA, 82-0.
1954 - Stanford allowed a school-record 72 points in a 72-0 defeat at the Coliseum.
1968 - Gene Washington set a school record by catching 13 passes, but UCLA rallied from a 14-0 deficit to post a 20-17 victory at the Coliseum.
1976 - Guy Benjamin set a school record for pass completions (35-of-73) and threw for 378 yards, but UCLA rallied from a 20-10 deficit and scored 28 fourth quarter points to post a 38-20 victory at the Coliseum.
1979 - Ken Naber booted a 56-yard field goal that hit the left upright and bounced over the cross bar as time expired to lift Stanford to a 27-24 victory before a crowd of 70,205 at Stanford Stadium. Naber's field goal still ranks as the fourth-longest in school history.
1977 - Freshman Darrin Nelson rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to lead Stanford to a 32-28 win over the Bruins at Stanford Stadium.
1982 -Vincent White tied a single-game school record with 14 receptions in a 38-35 loss at the Coliseum.
1994 - Steve Stenstrom passed for 408 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Armour caught 11 passes for 220 yards and Anthony Bookman rushed for 138 yards on 21 carries for the Cardinal. However, the Cardinal squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and dropped a 31-30 decision at the Rose Bowl. Stanford had a chance to win the game, but misfired on a 32-yard field goal attempt with 0:20 left.
1996 - Chad Hutchinson connected with Brian Manning on a 10-yard TD pass with 0:58 left to give Stanford a 21-20 win at the Rose Bowl.
1997 - UCLA's defense held Stanford to its lowest rushing total in school history - minus-34 yards - while dealing the Cardinal a 27-7 defeat.
1998 - Todd Husak finished with 428 yards in total offense, but the Cardinal dropped a 28-24 decision at the Rose Bowl.
2003 - Luke Powell returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown as Stanford defeated UCLA, 21-14. The punt return is second longest in school history.
2010 - Stanford blanked UCLA, 35-0, at the Rose Bowl for its first shutout of the Bruins since a 33-0 win at Stanford Stadium in 1941. It also marked Stanford's first road shutout since 1974 when it beat Oregon, 17-0. Andrew Luck ran for a career-high 63 yards and threw for two touchdowns.
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