UCLA can forget about that outside chance of playing for a national championship. The ninth-ranked Bruins won't be a top-10 team as of Monday, either.
Stanford throttled the Bruins' highly regarded offense and put shackles on UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley in a 24-10 victory in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon.
UCLA fell to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in Pac-12 Conference play.
UCLA had 265 yards in offense. The Bruins came into the game averaging 45.8 points and 547 yards a game.
Hundley had a big third quarter, but otherwise was held mostly in check. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, with the Cardinal intercepting two of his passes.
Both Stanford interceptions came in the second half by Jordan Richards.
The Bruins also had no ground game. Fourth-string running back Malcolm Jones was the leading rusher with five carries for 30 yards. The Bruins had 74 yards rushing in 27 carries.
Stanford had 419 total yards, with quarterback Kevin Hogan completing 18 of 25 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown, with one interception.
The score was only 3-0 at the half. The only points were put up on a 32-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina with 1:08 left in the first quarter.
The score would have been lopsided had the half not been bookended by generous breaks for the Bruins.
Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery dropped a sure 51-yard touchdown pass on Stanford’s first drive.
The Cardinal was on the move again at the end of the half. Hogan found a wide open Devon Cajuste at the UCLA six-yard line. Cajuste went to the ground for the catch, only to have the ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of Bruins cornerback Ishmael Adams with 31 seconds left.
UCLA plays at No. 2-ranked Oregon next Saturday.
Here's a recap of the game:
Tyler Gaffney scored on a four-yard run, putting a dagger in just about any UCLA hopes of a comeback win.
Gaffney isn't flashy, but he's a tough, straight-ahead runner. You don't think much of him until you look down at your stat sheet and see that he has 171 yards in 36 carries.
Stanford's Jordan Richards is catching more than his fair share of Brett Hundley passes of late.