From entitled to un-titled — Bruins take early 7-0 and 10-7 leads, then give up a stunning 24 straight points to a dominating 5-loss Stanford team to lose 31-10 — their seventh straight loss to the Cardinal — costing UCLA the Pac-12 South Division Title and killing their Playoff dreams
Curses, spoiled again. For the seventh straight time for UCLA and fourth for Jim Mora, the Bruins have gotten beat by Stanford. In the past, it was because Stanford had a better team on paper and on the field. This time, the 9-2 Bruins were 6-point favorites at home over the 6-5 Cardinal. And the Bruins were playing for the Division Title, while Stanford was playing for nothing. It was Senior Day for UCLA, so all the Seniors on the team — plus Brett Hundley — were all fired up, playing their last home game of their college careers. And UCLA came out on fire, forcing a Stanford 3-and-out, then driving down the field for a TD (on a Hundley-to Thomas Duarte 15-yard pass) to draw first blood and a 7-0 lead. But that would be UCLA’s only TD all day, as Stanford outscored UCLA 31-3 the rest of the day, dominating every facet of the game.
Even without their star Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Ty Montgomery, the Cardinal moved up and down the field at will. QB Kevin Hogan was 16-19 passing for 234 yards, completing his first 12 passes. He burned UCLA’s best, as Myles Jack and Anthony Jefferson could not stop Hogan’s TD passes. The game was really won in the trenches, as Stanford totally controlled both lines. UCLA could not pressure Hogan, but Hundley could not find any running room, and had many of his passes rushed. Hundley was unusually off-target, and had no effective scrambles, as Stanford’s stellar D completely neutralized him.
The Bruins WERE able to run on Stanford, as the Pac-12’s leading rusher Paul Perkins gained 116 yards on the ground. But he couldn’t get to the end zone, and with the Cardinal controlling the clock for the last 35 minutes of the game, Perkins’ running was not nearly enough for the Bruins to compete.
Stanford scored on a long pass right before halftime to make it 21-10, then scored again in the 3rd quarter to increase the margin to 18. Stanford’s Defense is 7th in the Nation, and nearly impossible to mount a comeback against, especially with Hundley having an off-day. So STUNford shocked the Bruins, playing spoiler, and sending ARIZONA (who beat ASU) to the Title game, as Oregon gets a rematch against the only team who beat them this year. This time, Oregon will be healthier, and will be a prohibitive favorite to get their revenge. UCLA will now have one more chance for Hundley to go out a winner, as they will be invited to some lousy Bowl game, somewhere like El Paso or Las Vegas, or somewhere else where nobody on the team wanted to go. But that’s what you get in December when you don’t show up for a must-win game in November.
Below are 69 more GAME and CHEER photos from this daytime nightmare.