Nov. 27, 2012
Pac-12 Football Championship Game
No. 8/9 Stanford Cardinal (10-2 8-1 Pac-12)
No. 17/16 UCLA Bruins (9-3 6-3 Pac-12)
November 30, 2012 5 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,000) Stanford, Calif.
Television Live national broadcast on FOX with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Julie Alexandria (sideline) and Petros Papadakis (sideline). The game will also be broadcast on FOX Deportes with Pablo Alsina (play-by-play), Francisco Rivera (analyst) and Erika Garza (sideline).
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). 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 ESPN Radio with Bill Rosinski (play-by-play), David Norrie (analyst) and Joe Schad (sideline). 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.
Tickets Stanford Athletics Ticket Office GoStanford.com 800-STANFORD
Polls Stanford (8th - AP, 9th - USA Today) UCLA (17th - AP, 16th - USA Today)
On the Web GoStanford.com UCLABruins.com Pac-12.com
Inside the Huddle
Stanford plays host to UCLA on Friday in the second annual Pac-12 Football Championship Game (FCG). The Cardinal comes into the game as the Pac-12 North Division winner with an 8-1 conference record, while the Bruins topped the Pac-12 South Division at 6-3. This is the first Pac-12 FCG for Stanford and second for UCLA.
Friday's winner will receive an automatic berth in the 2013 Rose Bowl, to be played Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The Pac-12 Champion will face the winner of Saturday's Big 10 Football Championship Game between Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Last Saturday, Stanford defeated UCLA, 35-17. This rematch six days later will represent the first time the two schools have played twice in a season and the first single-season repeat opponent for Stanford since the rugby era of a century ago.
Stanford and UCLA are the first opponents in college football history to play in their regular season finale and follow the next week with a conference championship game rematch.
No. 16 UCLA is the fourth consecutive ranked foe for Stanford. The Cardinal's victories in each of the last three weeks over No. 15 UCLA, No. 1 Oregon and No. 13 Oregon State represent the first time in school history Stanford has defeated a ranked opponent in three consecutive games.
Stanford currently ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in rushing defense (71.33 yards/game), sacks (4.42/game) and tackles for loss (9.25/game). Stanford also owns the 11th-best scoring defense (16.92 points/game) and eighth-best third-down defensive efficiency (29.53 percent).
UCLA ranks 118th of 120 FBS schools in sacks allowed (3.58/game) and 117th in tackles for loss allowed (8.00/game). Last week, the Bruins suffered seven sacks and nine tackles for loss at the hands of the Cardinal.
Senior RB Stepfan Taylor (4,134) crossed 4,000 career rushing yards last week at UCLA and stands 35 yards shy of Darrin Nelson's school record (4,169).
The Cardinal has won 12 of its last 13 games played in November dating back to Nov. 28, 2009.
Two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw is the first Stanford coach to win 10 games in each of his first two seasons at the helm.
Stanford has won at least 10 games in three consecutive seasons, a first in school history. A win Friday would elevate the streak to three straight seasons with 11 or more wins, a feat which could only be matched by four other teams (Boise State, LSU, Northern Illinois and Oregon) by the end of this season.
No. 8 Stanford has been ranked by the Associated Press for a school-record 45 consecutive polls, two weeks ago breaking its previous best AP Poll appearance streak of 43 weeks (1969-72).
The Cardinal seniors come into Friday's postseason game for a second "last home game" of their career and have the opportunity to improve upon their 24-2 record at Stanford Stadium over the last four years.
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 (W4). The Cardinal lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
UCLA Series Notes
Series: Stanford trails, 35-45-3 (.422)
First meeting: 1925 at Stanford - Stanford 82, UCLA 0
Last meeting: 2012 at UCLA - Stanford 35, UCLA 17
Series streak: Stanford - W4 (2009-active)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 5 (1925-31) UCLA - 6 (1963-68)
In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails 35-45-3.
The Bruins have won six of the last 11 meetings, but the Cardinal has won the last four, including a 45-19 victory last year at Stanford Stadium and its most recent 35-17 win last week at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA holds the longest winning streak in the series - six games - from 1963-1968. Stanford's longest winning streak is five games (1925-1931).
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.
1999 - Joe Borchard threw for five touchdowns passes, including a school-record 98-yarder to Troy Walters in 42-32 victory at Stanford Stadium.
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.
2009 - Toby Gerhart ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinal defeated UCLA, 24-16, at Stanford Stadium. Andrew Luck passed for 198 yards and Ryan Whalen caught six passes for 118 yards.
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.
2011 - Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes - two to tight end Coby Fleener - and Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards and two scores as the Cardinal defeated UCLA, 45-19, at Stanford Stadium.
2012 - Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns as No. 11 Stanford beat No. 15 UCLA, 35-17, to earn the Pac-12 North title. Leading 21-10, the Cardinal broke the game open by scoring twice in a 13-second span midway through the third quarter. Taylor scored on a one-yard run and Alex Debniak forced a UCLA fumble on the ensuing kickoff as Usua Amanam returned it 11 yards for another touchdown.
A Look Back at UCLA - Nov. 24, 2012
No. 11 Stanford dispatched No. 15 UCLA at the Rose Bowl last Saturday, 35-17, to clinch the Pac-12 North Division title and claim the right to play host the 2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game.
The Cardinal scored two touchdowns in the span of 13 seconds in the third quarter to build a 35-10 lead and put the Bruins away. Senior RB Stepfan Taylor ran in a one-yard touchdown before fifth-year senior OLB Alex Debniak hit the UCLA kickoff returner on the next play, forcing a fumble that senior NB Usua Amanam recovered and ran back 11 yards into the end zone.
Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on just 20 carries, racing to a 49-yard touchdown in the second quarter and later 40 yards to set up his one-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Taylor rested the last quarter and a half of play.
Taylor set a school record with his 21st 100-yard game. The Cardinal is 18-3 when Taylor reaches the century mark in rushing yards.
THE LAST MEETING
November 24, 2012
Taylor Leads No. 11 Stanford Past No. 15 UCLA, 35-17
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Hogan passed for 160 yards and another score, and No. 11 Stanford beat No. 15 UCLA 35-17 Saturday to win the Pacific-12 Conference North title and a rematch with the Bruins in the conference championship game.
Taylor's 19-yard scamper on the first series of the game broke the 4,000-yard mark for his career. Taylor passed 3,000 yards earlier this season vs. USC.
Junior RB Anthony Wilkerson saw his most action and delivered his greatest production of the season: 48 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Wilkerson's 10-yard score in the second quarter came from the wildcat quarterback position.
Sophomore QB Kevin Hogan made his third start under center, notching his third win against consecutive ranked opponents. Hogan threw for 160 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions on 15 of 22 passing.
Hogan's 11-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Drew Terrell in the first quarter was the first of his Cardinal career connecting with a wide receiver. Hogan's previous seven touchdowns each were distributed to tight ends and running backs.
Senior TE Zach Ertz led the Cardinal in receiving for the seventh time this season with five receptions for 71 yards. Ertz moved into first place all-time among Stanford tight ends for single-season receptions (63) and receiving yards (818).
The Stanford defense recorded seven sacks among nine tackles for loss. The second sack of the game by junior DE Josh Mauro in the first quarter was the Cardinal's 48th this season, tying the school record set in 1999. Senior DE Ben Gardner made an eight-yard sack late in the second quarter to break Stanford's single-season sacks record. Gardner, who wears No. 49, recorded sack No. 49 on the season.
Junior DT David Parry made his first career start and led the team in solo tackles (five), including a fourth-quarter sack, plus a pass breakup.
Fifth-year senior OLB Chase Thomas notched a season-high 2.0 sacks, pushing his career total to 25.5 for fourth all-time in the Stanford record books.
The Cardinal defense corralled dual-threat UCLA QB Brett Hundley and did not allow him a positive rushing play until the final drive of the third quarter. Hundley came into the game having gained 537 yards rushing on the season.
The Stanford defense limited UCLA to 73 rushing yards and Doak Walker Award finalist Johnathan Franklin to 65 yards, half of his 131-yard average. Eight of Stanford's 12 opponents this season have been held under 100 yards rushing.
The victory over UCLA extended Stanford's wining streak to four straight games over the Bruins. The Cardinal has recorded a clean sweep of its Los Angeles rivals - UCLA and USC - each of the last four seasons. Stanford has also notched a school-best three straight years of the California sweep against UCLA, USC and Cal.
Junior K/P Ben Rhyne was called to action for the first punts of his career after fifth-year senior P Daniel Zychlinski was knocked out of the game. Rhyne averaged 39.0 yards/punt with a long of 42.
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