In advance of Saturday’s football game between Stanford and UCLA, The Daily’s Do-Hyoung Park chatted with Andrew Erickson, a senior sports staffer at The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper, to get perspective from both camps. Below is a partial transcript of their conversation.
Senior free safety Ed Reynolds earned the reputation as Stanford’s ball hawk after his three pick-sixes in 2013. But his counterpart, junior strong safety Jordan Richards, is no pushover. Richards is known as a harder hitter and himself returned an interception for a touchdown—the first of his career, against Washington State on Saturday. We asked football writers Winston Shi, Do-Hyoung Park and David Cohn: Which starting safety is more valuable to Stanford?
Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball have combined for 9,252 career rushing yards, the largest total for two starting running backs the history of the Rose Bowl. The previous record, set by Ball and James last year, was a measly 8,069 yards, and this will be just the fourth Rose Bowl in the last 40 years to feature two tailbacks who have combined for at least 7,000 over their careers.
On a wet night at Stanford Stadium, Stanford quarterback Hogan did just enough on offense and Shaw put his faith in Jordan Williamson, who delivered a game-winning 36-yard field goal with five minutes left in the fourth quarter to break a 24-24 tie with UCLA and send Stanford to the Rose Bowl as Pac-12 champions, something Harbaugh or Luck couldn’t do.
Football: Cardinal rolls No. 17 UCLA 35-17 to win Pac-12 North, set up rematch in Pac-12 Championship
Stanford took care of business on Saturday night, smothering Johnathan Franklin and the UCLA run game and scoring plenty of points on the way to a 42-24 win over the No. 17 Bruins. With the win, Stanford guaranteed its spot in the Pac-12 Championship, which the No. 8 Cardinal will host against this same UCLA team next Friday night.
Check out some keys to the game in our GameDay Guide as No. 8 Stanford takes on No. 17 UCLA from the Rose Bowl. A Pac-12 North Division crown and berth in the Pac-12 Championship are on the line for the Cardinal