Saturday, October 19, 2013
Instant Analysis: Stanford 24, UCLA 10
By Kyle Bonagura
Special to ESPN.com
STANFORD, Calif. -- A rare defensive battle in the Pac-12 saw No. 13 Stanford bounce back from its upset loss to Utah with a 24-10 win against No. 9 UCLA on homecoming. Here's what happened:
It was over when: Stanford safety Jordan Richards intercepted a Brett Hundley pass with two minutes, 40 seconds left in the game to give Stanford possession at the UCLA 32. A minute later, Tyler Gaffney scored to punctuate the win.
Game ball goes to: Richards. His two interceptions were the highlights on a dominant day for the Stanford defense.
Stat of the game: 266 total yards of offense for UCLA. The Bruins came in averaging 547 yards a game and didn't reach half of that against the Cardinal. The Bruins were more than 35 points off their season scoring average.
What it means for UCLA: Next week's showdown with Oregon loses some luster, but, big picture, UCLA exits in a similar position that it entered. Any back-of-the-mind national-title hopes are dashed, but the Bruins remain the favorite in the Pac-12 South.
What it means for Stanford: The Cardinal reasserted itself as the conference's No. 2 team and did so with the kind of defense the program has been known for in recent years. Stanford got production, at times, from all three phases as it shook off the upset loss to Utah. A tough trip to Oregon State looms before the long-awaited showdown with Oregon on Nov. 7, which is currently the only ranked opponent left on the Cardinal's schedule.
Highlight moment: Stanford receiver Kodi Whitfield turned in one of college football's plays of the year -- a one-handed, 30-yard touchdown reception in double coverage. It was the sophomore's first career touchdown. Watch it here: