|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe UCLA Bruins were #8 on the playoff rankings heading into their match with Stanford at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins were even listed as -4.5 favorites. However, the Cardinal took out its Golden State rival with a 31-10 win, thus destroying the Bruins' playoff hopes.
While the two teams had touchdowns in the first quarter, the Cardinal's Kevin Hogan brought his team out with a two-possession lead at the half with two touchdown passes in the second quarter. The Cardinal only made things worse for the Bruins in the third as Remound Wright had a short touchdown run while Jordan Richards got an interception near the Cardinal's red zone.
The Cardinal sealed the game in the fourth with a field goal from Jordan Williamson plus two defensive stands that caused the Bruins to turn over the ball on downs. The Bruins completed two third down conversions and a fourth down conversion on one drive but it was not enough.
Kevin Hogan's day for the Cardinal was almost perfect. He went 16-19 for the day with 234 passing yards and even had 46 rushing yards on seven rushing attempts. In addition, he helped lead the Cardinal to having a 9-14 total on third down attempts. In addition, the Cardinal limited the Bruins to having possession for only about 22 minutes.
The biggest issue for the Bruins came from Brett Hundley being sacked four times while going 17-32 with 146 yards. Hundley was hurt with a finger injury but he is expected to play in whatever bowl game the Bruins will be in. Jerry Neuheisel went 3-9 with sixteen passing yards and an interception when he came in. Also, Paul Perkins went for 116 rushing yards on seventeen carries.
The Cardinal finished the season with a 7-5 record while the Bruins went down to 9-3. The Bruins' loss gave Arizona the Pac-12 South title, thus giving them a shot against Oregon for the conference championship. The Bruins hold the second spot in their division thanks to their win over Arizona State earlier this year.