Some notes to get you through the hours until tonight's game. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
Stanford has allowed 71.3 rush yards per game this season, which leads FBS. The Cardinal have held their opponents under 30 yards rushing in five games this season. No other FBS team has had three such games. Last week against UCLA, Stanford held the Bruins to 73 yards on 33 rushes, including seven sacks. UCLA had not been sacked more than six times in a game since October 18, 2008, also against Stanford.
Stanford has forced its opponents to negative yardage on 28.7 percent of their rushes this season, the highest percentage for any FBS team since 2009. Last Saturday, Stanford held UCLA to negative yardage on 27.3 percent of its rushes.
UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin gained 17 yards on four rushes outside of the tackles against Stanford. He entered the game averaging 7.7 yards per rush outside of the tackles. It was the second straight game that Stanford limited an explosive offense outside of the tackles. The Cardinal held Oregon to 29 yards on 19 rushes outside of the tackles in Week 12 after they had averaged more 100 yards per game outside of the tackles entering the game.
Stanford sent four or fewer pass rushers on 84.8 percent of Brett Hundley’s dropbacks on Saturday. Stanford recorded all seven of its sacks without sending extra rushers, and limited Hundley to 6.4 yards per play against four or fewer rushers.
Stanford sent a blitz on seven of Brett Hundley’s 46 dropbacks. Against the blitz, Hundley completed 1-of-7 passes for 13 yards. His one completion was a 13-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria.
Stanford tight ends have combined for 501 yards and five touchdowns in their past four games, primarily with Kevin Hogan at quarterback. In Stanford’s first eight games, Cardinal tight ends averaged 104 yards per game and combined for six total touchdowns. Hogan has completed 48-of-60 passes targeting tight ends, and is showing efficiency similar to Andrew Luck last season.
UCLA has a productive tight end of its own in Joseph Fauria who leads FBS in touchdown receptions by a tight end with 11. Brett Hundley has completed 75 percent of his passes when targeting Fauria without an interception. He has also thrown a touchdown in seven of his last eight games when targeting his tight end.
In Stanford’s first eight games, the Cardinal scored a touchdown on 53.3 percent of their red-zone possessions, which ranked 91st in FBS. In their past four games, with Hogan primarily at quarterback, the Cardinal scored a touchdown on 12-of-15 red-zone drives (80 percent), including all three of their red-zone possessions last week at UCLA.
Hundley completed 5-of-9 passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield last week against Stanford. It was his sixth straight game that he completed at least half of his passes thrown this distance. In his first six games, Hundley did not complete half of his passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield in any game and threw five interceptions in 50 pass attempts. One difference for Hundley downfield has been the emergence of Shaquelle Evans. Hundley has 10 completions on 13 passes thrown 15 yards or longer when targeting Evans in the second half of the season after having three such completions in UCLA’s first six games.
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor gained a season-high 92 yards after contact against UCLA. Overall, Taylor gained 92 of his 142 yards (64.8 percent) after contact to bring his season total to 584, which ranks 3rd in the Pac-12 behind Ka'Deem Carey (781) and Johnathan Franklin (624). On Saturday, Franklin could not find holes against Stanford’s defense, averaging a season-low 3.1 yards per rush.