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Stanford heading to its first Rose Bowl since 1999 season

Stanford Cardinal Taylor runs past UCLA Bruins Marsh during their 2012 PAC-12 Championship in Palo Alto Reuters

Before Jim Harbaugh arrived at Stanford for the 2007 season, the Cardinal were 1-11. In the past three years, Stanford has won no fewer than 11 games and will be appearing in its third straight BCS bowl game. David Shaw‘s eighth-ranked team defeated No. 17 UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday. It was the second win over the Bruins in as many weeks.

The win gives Stanford its first Rose Bowl berth since after the 1999 season — a 17-9 loss to Wisconsin. As it turns out, there’s the possibility that the Cardinal and the Badgers could meet in the Rose Bowl again this postseason. Wisconsin will play Nebraska tomorrow in the Big Ten championship.

As for tonight’s game, it was UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin who earned MVP recognition — in our hearts, that is; Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan officially earned MVP status — for putting up 201 yards on the ground against one of the best run defenses in the country. In fact, Franklin had more yards on the ground by himself than Stanford did with five players (170 yards).

But Franklin’s big day wasn’t enough. The Bruins got out to a fast start in the first quarter, but couldn’t muster much after that. UCLA scored on just two of its next nine offensive possessions. The loss keeps a glimmer of BCS hope alive for Boise State and Northern Illinois, two non-automatic qualifier schools ranked on the outside of the BCS top 16. NIU beat Kent State earlier tonight to secure the program’s second straight MAC title, but both NIU and Boise State need help this weekend to make it into the top 16, which would secure a BCS bowl berth.

The Cardinal now rides a seven-game win streak and is playing as well as any team in college football.

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12 Responses to “Stanford heading to its first Rose Bowl since 1999 season”
  1. cubano76 says: Dec 1, 2012 12:12 AM

    Let’s give David Shaw the credit for this one please.

  2. irishdodger says: Dec 1, 2012 12:23 AM

    Stepfan Taylor should be invited to NY as a Heisman finalist. He’s earned it.

  3. nickp91 says: Dec 1, 2012 12:23 AM

    David shaw was such a great hire by Stanford after Harbaugh left

  4. onelildude says: Dec 1, 2012 4:50 AM

    What a game, as a Bruin fan I am very impressed with Stanford

  5. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 1, 2012 8:45 AM

    Great to see the Cardinal going to the granddaddy of them all!

  6. seanb20124 says: Dec 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    David Shaw next USC coach?

  7. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Dec 1, 2012 9:08 AM

    More like David Shaw next NFL HC.

  8. thegamecocker says: Dec 1, 2012 10:59 AM

    More like David Shaw staying right where he is at idyllic, beautiful, wonderful Palo Alto. Someimes, it’s better to love where you live and love where you work. Stanford and Palo Alto provides those qualities for Coach Shaw. He makes enough money to live a grand life-style so another couple of million aren’t that important.

  9. irishking says: Dec 1, 2012 1:03 PM

    Stanford has come a long way in a few short years. From cupcake to contender.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 1, 2012 1:14 PM

    Strongly diagree! Stanford has never been considered a “cupcake” in any sport. They have always been competitive in all sports. Yes, there have been some years much better than others. But Stanford is a QB factory starting with Jim Plunkett (and probably before him), Elway, etc. Great school in many, many ways! Any place former Sec’y. of State Rice goes has to be a great place!

  11. gfj7000 says: Dec 1, 2012 1:40 PM

    i agree with Irishking above – Stanford has come out from being a Cupcake to a competitive team. Hogan is just learning – he depended on his defense and Taylor. Once the defense and Taylor graduate, then it will be a one or two man band there, just like the Cardinal masked themselves for the last two years – LUCK was the one man band. I think that Shaw would be better suited for the USC job. Now that Pop Kiffin is gone, son Lane could use a lot of help to rebuild the defense.

  12. cosanostra71 says: Dec 1, 2012 2:08 PM

    as a USC fan, I’m glad that it is Stanford in the Rose Bowl instead of UCLA. Good luck to Stanford in the Rose Bowl, represent the Pac-12 well!

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