November 30, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin (23) runs the ball against the Stanford Cardinal during the third quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

UCLA Football: 5 things that went right against Stanford


1. For the UCLA Bruins, opening up lanes for Johnathan Franklin was a huge success. This Stanford defense allowed a nation best average of just over 70 yards per game, but Johnathan Franklin steamrolled them fro 201 yards on 18 carries.

2. UCLA Run Defense- at least against Stepfan Taylor- was outstanding, holding Stepfan Taylor to 76 yards and only 3.2 yards per carry. This didn’t come without consequences though… (see: 5 things that went wrong against Stanford)

3. Ball protection was more than needed heading in to this game, and while in the long run we didn’t execute, our only turnover was a risky pass from Brett Hundley intended for Joseph Fauria.

4. Noel Mazonne’s play calling was great. He set up plays that allowed the Bruins to execute and only on rare occasion take major risks. Hundley’s ability to know whats going on behind him and on his blind side was a major factor in the execution of plays.

5. The Bruins came out fired up but went in to the locker room settled down. To start the 3rd quarter they were fired up again and ready to go. Some pep talk or hype ritual went well for the Bruins. Again though, the energy faded. This game belonged to Stanford once the momentum changed.

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