How the game was won: Stanford exited "6-5 underachiever" territory and morphed into "we're the two-time defending Pac-12 champion" mode. Maybe playing at the Rose Bowl reminded them of their good offensive twin. David Shaw and Mike Bloomgren assembled a perfect game plan that put quarterback Kevin Hogan's strengths on full display. The Cardinal finally delivered a balanced offensive performance against a Top 25 team (234 pass yards, 202 rush yards), and their defense did its normal stifling job, holding UCLA to a season-worst 3.9 yards per play.
Game ball goes to: Hogan. It has been a rough season, but he was sensational. Hogan completed his first 12 passes and finished 16-for-19 for 234 yards, two touchdowns and a spectacular 224.4 quarterback rating. The Cardinal set the post-Thanksgiving table for Hogan beautifully, allowing him to find a rhythm early by running on his own (seven carries, 46 yards) and throwing to tight ends. He then burned UCLA downfield.
What it means: Stanford, the two-time defending Pac-12 North champion, has successfully played spoiler and eliminated UCLA from Pac-12 South title contention. This was its seventh consecutive win against the Bruins, the longest UCLA losing streak against any program. UCLA finishes its regular season 9-3, and the Cardinal has partially salvaged a disappointing year, entering bowl season at 7-5.
Top play: Hogan's 37-yard touchdown pass to Devon Cajuste in the second quarter gave Stanford a 21-10 lead. The two-possession advantage was critical for the Cardinal defense, which used the cushion to lock down the Bruins with suffocating sideline-to-sideline play and a ferocious pass rush.
What's next: The Pac-12 title game is no longer in the cards for the Bruins, and bowl destinations are yet to be determined.
PASADENA, Calif. -- Kevin Hogan passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford crushed No. 9 UCLA's hopes for the Pac-12 South title and a College Football Playoff spot with a 31-10 victory Friday.
Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector caught scoring passes for the Cardinal (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) as the two-time defending Pac-12 champions salvaged from satisfaction from a down season by trouncing the Bruins (9-3, 6-3) for the seventh consecutive time.
With a dynamite 16-for-19 performance by Hogan and two rushing TDs from Remound Wright, Stanford snatched the South title away from UCLA, which needed a victory to advance to the conference title game.
Instead, the Bruins flopped in another big game and Stanford handed the division crown to Arizona or Arizona State.
Brett Hundley passed for 146 yards in likely his final home game for the Bruins, losing a matchup with Hogan for the fourth time in three years.
Stanford Stuns UCLA
Final 13 Arizona State 35 11 Arizona 42 Final Stanford 31 8 UCLA 10