It happened again. How could it happen again?
For all but the final two minutes Saturday night, UCLA did everything in its power to break an eight-game losing streak to a Stanford team that has long occupied its nightmares.
Then it happened again. Somehow, it happened again.
Stanford got tough. UCLA got tentative. Stanford found focus. UCLA lost control.
Stanford celebrated its history, while UCLA wallowed in its history, and everything changed as quickly as Josh Rosen fell into a heap while thousands stood stunned and frozen in the Rose Bowl stands rising around him.
The nightmare is back because, it turns out, the nightmare never left.