Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin breaks into the Cardinal secondary… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (final)
A 51-yard field-goal attempt by Ka’imi Fairbairn fell short and wide left.
The kick was attempted with 39 seconds left in an interesting choice by UCLA Coach Jim Mora.
The Bruins, who were out of timeouts, faced a fourth-and-five situation from the Stanford 34, and they tried the field goal instead of going for a first down and the chance for a few more plays.
Fairbairn, a freshman kicking on a wet field, had one field goal of longer than 35 yards on his college resume -- a 48-yarder against Stanford last Saturday.
UCLA took over at its own 19 with 2:18 on the clock.
The Bruins’ drive was extended when Brett Hundley connected with tight end Joseph Fauria for a 17-yard gain on a fourth-and-seven play.
But two plays later, the Bruins faced another key play –- third and six -- and Hundley’s swing pass in the flat was dropped by Johnathan Franklin.
That brought on Fairbairn.
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (2:15 left in the fourth quarter)
Stanford had a first down at its own 39-yard line with less than four minutes remaining in the game and UCLA without a timeout.
But UCLA’s defense has given the Bruins a final chance.
Two runs by Stepfan Taylor gained only a yard and a third-down pass by Kevin Hogan fell incomplete.
Stanford was forced to punt and UCLA has the ball at its own 19.
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (3:31 left in the fourth quarter)
This is like a good boxing match.
One team goes ahead, the other team comes back.
One team moves the ball, the other team’s defense stiffens.
UCLA couldn’t score on its latest possession after Stanford’s go-ahead field goal.
The Bruins' first three plays went for first downs: Brett Hundley ran for 12 yards, Johnathan Franklin ran for gains of 11 and then 14 yards.
But then came a run for one yard by Jordan James, a sack by linebacker Chase Thomas of Hundley, and a Hundley pass that fell incomplete after it was nearly intercepted.
Stanford now has the ball and just got a first down on a perfectly executed bootleg by quarterback Kevin Hogan that moved the ball near the Cardinal 40-yard line -- and UCLA is out of timeouts.
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (6:49 left in the fourth quarter)
A 36-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson has left Stanford less than seven minutes from its first trip to the Rose Bowl game in 13 years.
Stanford’s defense –- and a nifty punt return by Drew Terrell –- gave the Cardinal good field position to start the drive.
UCLA was pinned near its own end zone, taking over at the four-yard line, because of a holding penalty on the kickoff return.
And Stanford made sure the Bruins didn’t go anywhere. Two pass completions at the line of scrimmage and a run by Johnathan Franklin netted five yards.
That left Jeff Locke punting from UCLA’s end zone.
He crushed the ball 52 yards, but Terrell avoided a first wave of defenders and gained 18 yards on the return, moving the ball to the UCLA 43.
Then, on Stanford’s first offensive play, Kelsey Young ran for a 23-yard gain.
But UCLA’s defense stiffened after that, thanks in part to a holding penalty by the Cardinal.
UCLA 24, Stanford 24 (11:21 left in the fourth quarter)
Now that’s what you call a key third-down conversion.
Faced with a third-and-15 situation at UCLA’s 26-yard line, Stanford got that yardage and more.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan found Drew Terrell open in the end zone and hit him with a pass to tie the score in the Pac-12 Conference championship game.
Terrell got behind UCLA cornerback Sheldon Price.
Stanford converted on three third downs during the 10-play, 63-yard drive.
Hogan has completed 15 of 19 passes for 144 yards.
UCLA 24, Stanford 17 (end of the third quarter)
Johnathan Franklin scored on a 20-yard run with 1:04 left in the third quarter to give the Bruins the lead in the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Stanford Stadium.
The play completed a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive highlighted by quarterback Brett Hundley's clutch plays on third down.
Hundley, taking a snap under center, sneaked for one first down and then scrambled for another to keep alive the drive.
Franklin has rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in 15 carries.
UCLA 17, Stanford 17 (8:20 left in the third quarter)
Ka'imi Fairbairn pulled the Bruins even in the Pac-12 Conference championship game with a 31-yard field goal.
UCLA stopped Stanford on the first possession of the second half and then drove 60 yards for the field goal.
Senior running back Johnathan Franklin set up the field goal with a 32-yard run on the first play of the eight-play drive.
Franklin has rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown in 12 carries.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has completed 15 of 19 passes for 114 yards, with an interception.
Stanford 17, UCLA 14 (halftime)