Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and No. 24 ran for two small scores to help spoil Stanford’s repatriation to UCLA with a 35–24 victory.
Stanford, Calif. – Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and scored two small scores to help No. 24 UCLA to spoil Stanford’s repatriation with a 35-24 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.
Stanford (2-2, 1-1 Pac-12) played their last seven games away from home last season due to COVID-19 protocols and a difficult starting schedule. The Cardinals managed to win six of those games but fell out flat against the Bruins (3–1, 1–0).
UCLA took a 14–0 lead and then, after fighting back to tie it to Stanford, got the biggest game of the game when Thompson-Robinson struck Kyle Phillips deep in the middle for a 75-yard TD in the next game. Found open from scrimmage.
The Bruins sealed the win when Thompson-Robinson threw a 5-yard TD pass to the Phillips after leaving the game with an injury.
Stanford began the game with five straight three more outs and was trailed 14–0 on short TD runs by Thompson-Robinson and Zach Charbonnet, before the offense even took off.
Tanner Mackie began finding some open receivers downfield after the Cardinals returned to play. Elijah Higgins scored a 19-yard TD grab to get Stanford on board in the second quarter.
Then, after going over the Bruins to 14 on Thompson-Robinson’s second TD run late in the first half, McKee made a 56-yard TD pass to Higgins in the third quarter and a 52-yarder to Bryce Farrell early in the fourth. added. To tie the game at 21.
But Thompson-Robinson responded on the next play and UCLA held on for the win, thanks to Stanford coach David Shaw, who settled for a 48-yard field goal on the fourth with 9:10 to play and -2 at -2. was doing.
UCLA: Thompson-Robinson once again delivered big plays in a win over the Cardinals and helped the Bruins bounce back from their 40-37 loss at Fresno State last week. UCLA won this series for just the second time in the last 14 games, with a 34-16 win at Stanford Stadium in 2019 and the only win in this game. Thompson-Robinson accounted for seven TDs in those games.
Stanford: The Cardinal struggles to land the ball without injuring Austin Jones, Casey Filkins and EJ Smith. This likely played a part in Shaw’s decision to kick a field goal in the fourth quarter and contributed to Stanford’s first home game loss with fans in 665 days.
UCLA: Hosts Arizona State on Saturday.
Stanford: Host No. 3 Oregon on Saturday.
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