Halftime recap of Stanford’s Week 9 game at #12 UCLA

Halftime recap of Stanford’s Week 9 game at #12 UCLA

Stanford is looking for their third straight win and fourth win of the season.

But, they may be facing their most difficult opponent since their matchup against USC in Week 2. The Cardinal will face No. 12 UCLA, and similar to many of their offensive possessions this season were able to get into the red zone but were unable to find pay-dirt. Stanford was forced to settle with a field goal to increase their lead by 3-0.

The ensuing UCLA position featured a heavy dose of Zach Charbonnet, as his first three rushes went for over 10-yards. The Bruins made their way down the field and finished the drive with a Dorian Thompson Robinson touchdown run. Stanford found themselves trailing, which is nothing new by any means, but their first play after the UCLA touchdown saw Tanner McKee have his pass picked off at Stanford’s 23.

UCLA took the field, handed the ball to Charbonnet, and all of a sudden Stanford found themselves trailing 14-3. The offense could not answer as they would punt after a holding decision and Tanner McKee was sacked, leaving the Cardinal with an unreachable first-down.

UCLA would again drive down the field, but were held to a field goal on their next drive to put them up 17-3. The Cardinal offense had a chance at answering, but Elijah Higgins dropped an important pass on third down. David Shaw made a surprising decision to go for it on fourth and a lineman moved too quickly for a false start. They were forced to punt.

The UCLA drive was the same as the previous one, with the Bruins able to drive down and score. Charbonnet ran through seven of the front seven yards to score his second touchdown.

Down 24-6, the Cardinal offense continued to struggle and were forced to punt again. In a rare moment of momentum that actually favored Stanford Brycen Tremayne defeated the punt returner, forcing a fumble. Stanford was able to score six points when they recovered in the red zone. The Cardinal were unable move the ball because this offensive line is being dominated by the Bruins. Karty did however hit a field goal to cut the lead to 24-6.

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With a chance to score what likely would have been the dagger before halftime, UCLA was unable to get in the end zone thanks to a huge drop by the Bruins, a couple pass break-ups, and a huge sack by Stephen Herron. UCLA would miss the field goal which could be the momentum Stanford needs to get into the locker room. Thompson-Robinson’s limping is something to be aware of. He has been in the injury tent several times.

Stats Comparison:

Total Yards: Stanford 98, UCLA 313

Passing Yards: Stanford 49 , UCLA 151

Rushing Yards: Stanford 49, UCLA 162

Penalties: Stanford 3-25 , UCLA 5-35

Turnovers: Stanford 1 , UCLA 0

Time of possession: Stanford 14: 11, UCLA 15: 44

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