Stanford Stops UCLA, 24-16
Oct. 3, 2009
Stanford, Calif. (AP) - Toby Gerhart ran for three touchdowns, quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 198 yards and Stanford snapped a five-game losing streak to UCLA with a 24-16 victory Saturday to keep a share of the Pac-10 lead and spoil the Bruins' conference opener.
Gerhart had TD runs of 5, 10 and 1 yards and also caught two passes for 24 yards to lead the Cardinal to their first win in the rivalry since 2003. Luck, a redshirt freshman, completed 14 of his first 17 passes before incompletions on his final three attempts.
Stanford (4-1, 3-0 Pac-10) - trying to reach a bowl game in coach Jim Harbaugh's third season and end a seven-year postseason drought - is off to its best five-game start since going 4-0-1 in 1995 during Tyrone Willingham's first year as coach.
UCLA (3-1, 0-1) is the last Pac-10 team to lose a game this season.