UCLA's defense forced an easy 3-and-out on their first chance against the Stanford offense, giving UCLA the ball at the 36-yard line.
Brett Hundley and the offense started quickly as well, ripping off big gains on the first 5 plays to score a quick TD on a pass to Thomas Duarte to make it 7-0.
Stanford answered back by ripping off a few pass plays taking advantage of Kenny Young in coverage, eventually scoring on a short TD run to tie the game at 7. Not a good look for the defense on that drive.
The Bruins offense went 3-and-out on their next drive, giving Stanford's offense the ball back quickly.
It is tough to even describe what happened on Stanford's next offensive series, but just know there were a ton of flags thrown and then Stanford punted the ball back to UCLA. Me personally, I am just pretending like that series did not happen because it hurt my eyes and head to witness it once.
Not a good punt either, as UCLA got the ball in Stanford territory. They drove quickly down to the 25-yard line with Paul Perkins and Mossi Johnson picking up first downs. Devin Fuller dropped a ball on 3rd down, forcing a 42-yard FG by Ka'imi Fairbairn to make it 10-7 in favor of the Bruins.
On Stanford's next drive they torched the Bruin secondary in man coverage all the way down the field, leading to a TD pass from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector to make the score 14-10 in favor of Stanford.
The UCLA offense started promising but then sputtered and Mora punted while having the ball in Stanford territory. The Stanford offense continued winning in man coverage, just barely missing on a sure thing TD pass due to a drop and converting 3rd downs. Stanford scored another TD on a deep ball to Devin Cajuste over Myles Jack and Tahaan Goodman, making it 21-10 in favor of Stanford.
Awful man coverage throughout the half, pass rush struggled. Offense couldn't finish drives, weird 3rd down play calling. Rough half.