Pac-12 Championship postgame notes
Stanford is the second Pac-12 Conference football champion (Oregon, 2011). The Cardinal has now claimed three of a possible six Conference titles during the 2012-13 academic year (women’s soccer, volleyball).
- 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game Most Valuable Player: QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford (So., 6-4, 224, McClean, Va.) 16-22, 155 yards, 1 TD passing / 11-47 yards, 1 TD rushing
- Stanford is the second Pac-12 Conference football champion (Oregon, 2011). The Cardinal has now claimed three of a possible six Conference titles during the 2012-13 academic year (women’s soccer, volleyball).
- With the win, Stanford earned the league’s automatic-qualifying berth in the Rose Bowl Game. The Cardinal has played in 12 Rose Bowl Games, making its last appearance after the 1999 season. Stanford, which fell to Wisconsin, 17-9, in its last trip, is 5-6-1 all-time in the RBG.
- Performing under pressure: UCLA and Stanford were perfect on red zone trips, converting seven-of-seven attempts from in the red area (four touchdowns, three field goals).
- Early Offense: The first three possessions of the game ended in touchdowns. UCLA scored on its first two series, and Stanford scored on its opening possession.
- Johnathan Franklin (UCLA) rushed for 194 yards in the contest, topping LaMichael James‘ 115-yard rushing effort in the 2011 Pac-12 Championship game. Franklin’s 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest play from scrimmage in the two-year history of the Pac-12 Championship Game.
- Ed Reynolds (Stanford) notched his Conference-high-tying sixth interception (tied for fifth in the FBS) in the second-quarter. He returned the pick 80 yards, bumping his NCAA-leading interception return yard total to 301. Reynolds is one yard short of the NCAA record for interception return yards in a season (trails Charles Phillips of USC, who had 302 yards in 1974).
- UCLA-Stanford series update: UCLA now leads the series 45-36-3.
- With a 10-yard rush in the closing moments of the second quarter, senior RB Stepfan Taylor became Stanford's all-time career rusher by bringing his four-year total to 4,175 yards. Taylor broke Darrin Nelson's record which stood since 1981.
- Stanford has scored four times on its opening drive this season, with two of those coming in a pair of contests against UCLA.
- Stanford's opening drive of the first quarter spanned 11 plays, its 15th scoring drive of 10 or more plays on the season.
- Entering the contest, Stanford had allowed only two rushing plays for over 40 yards (77 at Oregon, 61 at Washington). UCLA collected two rushes over 40 yards in the first quarter (51 yards and 48 yards).
- Stanford allowed only 20 points (two touchdowns, two FG) in the first quarter through the first 12 games on the season. One of those two touchdowns was recorded last week by UCLA, as the Bruins posted 14 points tonight against the Cardinal.
- Reynolds' interception marked the 23rd straight game Stanford's defense has record a takeaway, tied for the third longest streak in FBS.
- Senior running back Johnathan Franklin moved into first on the school career all-purpose yardage list during UCLA’s first drive of the game tonight – he moved past Maurice Jones-Drew’s (2003-05) total of 4,688 yards. Franklin entered the game with 4,671 all-purpose yards.
- Franklin moved past Karim Abdul-Jabbar’s mark of 1,571 yards (1995) on the school single-season rushing list during UCLA’s second drive of the game. He entered the game with a total of 1,506 yards.
In the first half of tonight’s game, redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley moved past Cade McNown’s school single-season (1998) total offense mark of 3,652. Hundley entered the game with 3,516 yards of total offense on the season.
- On the second drive of the game, UCLA established a new school record for total offense in a single-season. The old mark of 5,847 was set in 1998. It entered the game with a total of 5,708 yards.
UCLA also set a new school record for first downs in a season tonight. It entered the game tied with the old school mark of 292 set in 1988.
- Franklin recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season tonight which is a new school single-season mark. The old record was shared by Karim Abdul-Jabbar, 1995; Gaston Green, 1986; Freeman McNeil, 1980 and 1979; Wendell Tyler 1975. It is Franklin’s 19th-career 100-yard rushing game and moved him into second place on the all-time UCLA school list for most 100-yard rushing games in a career, one behind Gaston Green’s total of 20 (1984-87).
- Franklin has also moved past Terrence Austin’s single-season all-purpose mark of 1,878 set in 2008. He entered tonight’s game with 1,808 all-purpose yards.
- Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 31-yard field goal in the third quarter was his ninth made field goal in a row from a distance of 35-yards or less.