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Stanford defeats UCLA 24-10

  • Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney rushes against UCLA during the second half on Saturday. (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / Associated Press)

STANFORD — Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and ninth-ranked UCLA 24-10 on Saturday.

Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown to Kodi Whitfield as the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) regrouped again after losing at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.

Stanford hurried Hundley all afternoon to slow down UCLA's up-tempo offense.

Hundley completed 24 of 39 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to Jordan Richards — the second with a little more than 2 minutes remaining to seal Stanford's victory. UCLA (5-1, 2-1) has not started 6-0 since 2005.

The Cardinal came out on top again in a rematch of last season's Pac-12 title game and showed they're not bowing out of the conference race. Stanford has won six straight over UCLA, including three times in the last year, and 14 in a row against teams from California.

The Bruins entered the game averaging 45.8 points per game. That ranked second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon, which hosts UCLA next week before traveling to Stanford on Nov. 7 in matchups that will likely decide the Pac-12's championship game.

Stanford, which had its 13-game winning streak snapped in Salt Lake City last week, showed just why it has been so tough to keep down the last four years.

The Cardinal outgained UCLA 419 to 266 yards, won the time of possession 37:11 to 22:49 and made big the play when it mattered most again.

With Hundley and UCLA's offense taking the field late with 2:57 remaining, the Cardinal hurried Hundley twice before Richards dove for his second interception after receiver Thomas Duarte fell down. Gaffney capped off a quick Stanford drive with a 4-yard TD run that put the game out of reach.

Devon Cajuste caught seven passes for 109 yards for Stanford before leaving with a right leg injury early in the fourth quarter. UCLA also lost a key player, with inside linebacker Eric Kendricks taken to the hospital for tests on his kidney after making nine tackles in the first half.

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