Sunday, October 2, 2011
Halftime: Stanford 17, UCLA 7
By Kevin Gemmell
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Quick thoughts on Stanford-UCLA at the half:
Turning point: Without question, Stanford's goal-line stand on UCLA's first drive of the game. Rather than take the field goal on fourth-and-goal at the Stanford 2, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel opted to go for it -- a quarterback draw from Richard Brehaut. He was stopped at the 1. Stanford then turned around and marched 99 yards for a touchdown.
Best call: It goes to replay official Bill Fette, who correctly reversed Andrew Luck's non-reception in the first quarter. Originally called out of bounds, the quarterback made a sparkling one-handed catch on an end-around wide receiver pass from Drew Terrell. With his right arm extended, Luck cradled the ball and dragged his left foot. Fette reversed the call -- much to the joy of a very vocal Stanford Stadium.
Best player (1A): Easy to say it's Luck. He's only 10-of-12 for 85 yards with a touchdown and a 13-yard reception. But I've been really impressed with Jarek Lancaster. There was a huge spotlight on him and A.J. Tarpley to fill the void of Shane Skov at middle linebacker. Both have played well, but Lancaster has really stood out. His solo stop on third down during the goal-line stand was huge. He was tagged with pass interference that negated what would have been the first interception of the season. But it was a bad call, and led to a UCLA touchdown before the end of the half. Other than that, a great first half from Lancaster.
Best player (1B): Stepfan Taylor is on pace for another career game. The running back has 11 carries for 77 yards and scored his 20th career touchdown.