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Stanford 35, UCLA 17

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LOS ANGELES -- Stepfan Taylor rushed for 147 yards to inch himself closer to the Stanford career rushing record and the No. 11 Cardinal set up a Pac-12 title game rematch with No. 15 UCLA with a 35-17 win over the Bruins on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in front of 68,288.

With the win, Stanford clinched the Pac-12 North title and will host UCLA on Friday at Stanford Stadium.

Taylor rushed for touchdowns of one and 49 yards as the Cardinal dominated the ground game against the mistake-prone Bruins. Stanford out-rushed UCLA 228-73 -- the Bruins averaged more than 207 yards entering the game -- and benefitted from UCLA's 12 penalties for 135 yards.

Kevin Hogan completed 15 of 22 passes for 158 passes for the Cardinal, outshining his more heralded counterpart, UCLA redshirt freshman Brett Hundley. Hundley completed just 20 of 38 passes for 259 yards and was sacked seven times as the Stanford defensive line overwhelmed UCLA.

The Cardinal defense held UCLA to 6 of 18 on third down, as the Bruins tied their season-low with 17 points.

After Stanford went into halftime with an 11-point lead, the Cardinal scored 14 points in a 49-second stretch in the third quarter to distance themselves. Taylor scored from a yard out with 8:30 left in the third, then UCLA kick returner Kenny Walker fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The fumble was returned by Stanford's Usua Amanam for a 10-yard score.

Taylor punished the Bruins early as Stanford took control in the first half with its typical brand of bruising football.

The Cardinal led 21-10 at the half as Taylor eclipsed the 100-yard mark on 16 first-half carries, punctuated by a 49-yard touchdown run with Stanford already leading 14-7.

After allowing an uncharacteristic 147 yards of offense to the Bruins in the first quarter, the Cardinal beefed up in the second, holding UCLA to just 18 yards. Hundley, who started the game 4-for-7 for 120 yards and a score, ended the first half just 6-of-13 for 131 yards.

NOTES: Stanford has owned the series with UCLA the last few years, winning three straight entering the game by a combined score of 104-35. The Cardinal defeated the Bruins 35-0 in 2010, the last time the teams met at the Rose Bowl. ... UCLA linebacker and Pac-12 leading tackler Eric Kendricks had nine tackles in the first half. ... Stanford appeared in the Associated Press top 25 poll for the 44th consecutive week, setting a school record.
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