STANFORD AT UCLA

RECORDS: Stanford 9-2, 7-1 Pac-12 North; UCLA 9-2, 6-2 Pac-12 South

KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl

TV: FOX

RADIO: 1050-AM

SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 45-34-3; Stanford has won the past three meetings.

STORYLINES: If Oregon beats Oregon State in a game starting 31/2 hours earlier, Stanford would have to win to earn a spot in the Pac-12 title game Friday and also keep its hopes alive for a berth in the Rose Bowl ... For the second consecutive week, Stanford will have to slow a high-powered offense, this one led by redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, who has thrown for 2,973 yards and 25 touchdowns, and senior tailback Johnathan Franklin, who is second in the Pac-12 in rushing with 1,441 yards and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry ... Stanford will be without stalwart defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, out because of what the school called a personal matter.


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An important component to one of the top run defenses in the country, Stephens probably will be replaced by sophomore David Parry. ... Because of a discovery that Stanford all-time leading rusher Darrin Nelson's statistics had not included bowl games, Nelson's school-record yardage total is actually 4,169 instead of 4,033. Senior tailback Stepfan Taylor needs 177 yards instead of just 41 to tie the mark.

INJURY UPDATE: Stanford — No significant injuries. UCLA — RB/WR Damien Thigpen (knee) is out. WR Devin Lucien (collarbone) and RB Steven Manfro (knee) are questionable. WR Darius Bell (ankle) and WR Kenneth Walker (concussion) are probable.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Stanford's defense against UCLA QB Hundley. Hundley is on a hot streak much like Oregon's Marcus Mariota was before facing the Cardinal. He has completed 82 of 108 passes (75.9 percent) over his past three games for 1,057 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, and he is the first UCLA quarterback to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games. But Hundley hasn't faced a defense like Stanford's, which sufficiently squeezed off the run against the Ducks to turn Mariota into a guy who looked like a redshirt freshman.

STATS THAT MATTER: With a victory, Stanford would have achieved three consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history ... Even after facing Oregon, the Cardinal ranks second in the nation in rushing defense (71.2 yards allowed per game) and sacks (4.18 per game) ... In its past three games, Stanford's defense has allowed just eight third-down conversions (19.1 percent) ... UCLA tailback Franklin has eight 100-yard games this season and needs one more to break the school record ... UCLA is fifth in the nation in sacks (3.45 per game) after ranking tied for 112th (1.0) last year.

-- CARL STEWARD