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Football finds an offensive aerial explosion against the UCLA Bruins

This past Saturday, the Stanford football team (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) headed down to Los Angeles to face off against a top in-state rival – the UCLA Bruins (3-9, 3-6) – and took the game with a final score of 49-42. After crushing Oregon State at home earlier in the month, the team was riding a wave of high-octane offensive production led by junior quarterback KJ Costello. Costello has been the driving force of the team since the first game of the season, filling in as the team’s centerpiece for Bryce Love, who has been unable to recapture his former dominance during this season.

Stanford in the NFL: Justin Reid is good at football

Following the postponement of the 121st Big Game last weekend, Stanford football became a Sunday affair as alumni fought on the gridiron across the country. Week 11 wrinkled the normal expectations for Stanford in the NFL; Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey and Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz were held to disappointing performances. Meanwhile, rookie Houston Texans’ safety Justin Reid was the highlight of the week for any Cardinal fan.

Stanford in the NFL: McCaffrey dominates

In February 2017, NFL senior draft analyst Lance Zierlein published a scouting report evaluating a running back prospect hoping to be picked high in that year’s NFL draft. “Lacks desired size of an every-down back. Has some tread worn off his tires. Average burst may not be enough to race past NFL speed on second level. Inconsistent squaring up blitzers in pass pro and ducks his head into contact. Doesn’t have NFL-caliber power to break tackles and create yardage for himself through power.”