The No. 8 Stanford Cardinal handily defeated the No. 17 UCLA Bruins on Saturday behind stalwart defensive play and punishing running from senior RB Stepfan Taylor.
With the win, the Cardinal clinched the Pac-12 North and set up a rematch with the Bruins in the conference title game this Friday, November 30.
Stanford (10-2, 8-1) continued its impressive streak, knocking off a third consecutive ranked opponent, while UCLA (9-3, 6-3) dropped its first decision since October 6 at Cal.
Freshman QB Kevin Hogan tossed for 160 yards and a TD on 15-of-22 passing to lead the Cardinal, exhibiting mature-beyond-his-years poise and decision-making.
Meanwhile, Taylor pounded the Bruins for 142 yards and two TDs with an average of 7.1 yards per carry, despite resting for the majority of the second half.
The 5'11", 215-pound power back's numbers are even more stunning when you consider that UCLA was stacking the box with nine or more defenders for most of the evening.
Stanford held UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin to 65 yards rushing with a paltry average of 3.1 YPC, while limiting the Bruins to a season-low in points.
In spite of all of this, the rematch on Friday figures to be much closer, as head coach Jim Mora should have his team fired up and ready to go.
Here are five reasons why the Bruins can pull the upset in the Pac-12 Championship Game.