Instant analysis: Stanford 27, UCLA 24
November, 30, 2012
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Here's a quick take on Stanford's 27-24 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game:
It was over when: It was over only when UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 51-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the score with 39 seconds left.
Game ball goes to: UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin, who was shut down in last week's meeting, gained 201 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. It was a brilliant effort.
Stat of the game: 1-0. That was the turnover total in favor of Stanford. And UCLA's turnover was a Brett Hundley interception that was returned 80 yards by Ed Reynolds to the Bruins' 1-yard line, which set up the tying score at 14-14. It was big.
Stat of the game II: UCLA gained 282 yards rushing after getting just 73 in last week's game. But it didn't matter.
Unsung hero of the game: Stanford redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan was again unflappable. He completed 16 of 22 passes for 153 yards with a 26-yard touchdown. He also rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries with a score.
What it means: It means Stanford is headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. UCLA likely ends up in the Alamo Bowl.
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