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Now It's UCLA's Turn Against Stanford


September 22, 2016

The UCLA Bruins football team will try to do what USC failed to accomplish last week, beat Stanford.

Stanford, rated in the top 10 nationally, is the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champion. They also have one of the best players in the nation in Christian McCaffrey. The Bruins lock horns with the Cardinal on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be televised on Channel 7 or ESPN.

UCLA will have to play its best game of the year if it expects to beat Stanford. Their receivers will need to hold on to the ball and the defensive players must keep McCaffrey under control. They will not be able to stop him but they have to keep him out of the end zone.

The Bruins have their own McCaffrey in sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen. He is one of the best signal callers in the nation but he is still looking for a receiver to step up and be that number one guy. Last week in the Bruins’ 17-14 win over BYU Rosen completed 26 of 40 passes to 12 different receivers for 307 yards and two touchdowns. That was the eighth time in 16 games Rosen has thrown for over 300 yards.

During the first three games of the season UCLA head coach Jim Mora has held players out for various reasons. The first two weeks running back Nate Starks was missing from the lineup and last week tailback Soso Jamabo and fullback Ainuu Taua did not play. If they expect to beat Stanford they will need to have all hands on deck.

The Bruins will continue their two-game homestand against Arizona on October 1.


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