After being upset last weekend by the Utah Utes, the no. 13 Stanford Cardinal bounced back in a huge way on Saturday afternoon by handing the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins their first loss of the season, 24-10.
Tyler Gaffney led the way on the ground for the Cardinal with 171 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns as Stanford utilized what they do best–wearing opposing defenses down with the running game.
QB Kevin Hogan finished the game 18-of-25 for 227 yards and a touchdown, while junior Devon Cajuste led the way receiving with seven catches for 109 yards.
But, it was the effectiveness of the Cardinal defense that really led the way in this one as they limited UCLA QB Brett Hundley to 192 yards on 24-of-39 passing and picking him off twice in the game. Shutting down Hundley from taking over the game was a gameplan that was easier said than done for other teams up to this point, but Stanford was able to handle that task today.
Stanford improves to 6-1 with the win and will travel to Corvallis next weekend to take on another tough test in the Oregon State Beavers.
UCLA now drops to 5-1 and has to travel to Autzen next Saturday for a showdown with the Oregon Ducks.