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Saturday, October 18, 2008
UCLA's Craft finds a way... again

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft has been decidedly inconsistent this season, and that was again the case against Stanford.

But, golly, the guy has a flare for the dramatic.

On the Bruins 10-play, 87-yard drive, Craft was 6 for 8 for 60 yards and tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cory Harkey with 10 seconds left in a 23-20 comeback win over the Cardinal.

Last week, Stanford (4-4, 3-2), which saw a severe dent put into its bowl hopes, used a grinding 62-yard drive -- 11 plays, 10 runs -- to post the winning touchdown versus Arizona with 25 seconds left. But this week it couldn't stop Craft, who the Cardinal defense had sacked seven times.

Talk about getting a dose of your own medicine.

The Bruins (3-4, 2-2) beat Stanford for the fifth time in a row, but this was nothing like the 45-17 blowout to open the 2007 season, when they rolled up 624 yards of total offense.

Craft has been in and out of coach Rick Neuheisel's doghouse this year. He finished 23-of-39 for 285 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and a fumble.

The interception killed a drive on the Cardinal's 12-yard line. The fumble, at the Bruins 29, came on a sack to set up a Stanford touchdown.

But, again, just like when he overcame four first-half interceptions against Tennessee, he was money when it counted.

UCLA didn't run well -- it finished with 87 yards on the ground -- but 17 of those came up the middle from fullback Chane Moline on a third and 1 play with 1:36 left

Talk about a gutsy call and perfect execution.

Stanford couldn't pass. Tavita Pritchard finished 5 of 12 for 51 yards with an interception.

Assuming the Cardinal beats Washington State at home on Nov. 1, Stanford will need to win one of its final three games to attain bowl eligibility. Those games are: at Oregon, USC and at California.