Stanford and UCLA are doing their best impression of the SEC, circa 2006 or so.
The Cardinal lead the Bruins, 3-0, as both teams’ offenses took few chances in the first half.
Actually, Stanford did show some signs of life, gaining 207 total yards, but it only had the field goal to show for it thanks to a very conservative game plan by head coach David Shaw. The Cardinal also blew a chance to take a 10-0 lead before the half when Kevin Hogan got picked off by UCLA’s Ishmael Adams near the goal line with just 30 seconds left.
Meanwhile, UCLA’s offense was stifled by the Stanford defense. The Bruins averaged 547 yards of offense coming into the game but had just 84 yards and five first downs at the half. Quarterback Brett Hundley was 5 of 10 for only 37 yards.
Still, the Bruins have to like where they are right now. They’ve played poorly but are one play away from moving ahead of Stanford on the road. UCLA has been a second-half team, so don’t expect the next 30 minutes to be as conservative as the last 30.