Stanford takes home Pac-12 North title, will face UCLA in Pac-12 Championship

Stephen Dunn

Do you smell Roses?

Well, that was easy.

Behind 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Stepfan Taylor - coupled with an outstanding performance from the Cardinal defense - Stanford took home the Pac-12 north division title with a resounding 35-17 win over UCLA in Los Angeles.

Now, the Cardinal has a chance to play its way into the Rose Bowl with a win in the Pac-12 title game against UCLA, and David Shaw and Kevin Hogan have a chance to do something that Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck never did: win a Pac-12 title in Palo Alto and take the Cardinal to "The Grandaddy of Them All."

Quite simply, the Cardinal authored a dominant performance that has to leave the players and the coaches feeling pretty good about their chances next week. The offense moved the ball with ease (381 total yards) and the Stanford defense sacked Brett Hundley seven times, held Johnathan Franklin to just 65 yards rushing and forced two turnovers. On top of that, the Stanford special teams forced a fumble and scored a touchdown off that fumble.

It helped that UCLA didn't seem to be entirely locked in tonight - the Bruins dropped several easy passes and were penalized 12 times for 135 yards - but the Cardinal was quite simply the better team on offense, defense and special teams this evening in Los Angeles.

See you on the Farm on Friday, Bruins. We've got Roses on our minds.

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