Craft’s pass lifts UCLA over visiting Stanford
LOS ANGELES – Kevin Craft threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cory Harkey with 10 seconds remaining to lift UCLA to a 23-20 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
The Bruins (3-4, 2-2 Pac-10) extended their win streak over the Cardinal (4-4, 3-2) to five overall and six straight at the Rose Bowl.
Craft, who engineered a similar late rally to beat Tennessee in the season opener, completed six passes against Stanford during an 11-play drive that began at the UCLA 13 with 2:23 remaining. He finished it off when he sprinted toward the right sideline and, after defenders rushed toward him, threw to the wide-open tight end in the right side of the end zone.
The Bruins began their march after Stanford’s Aaron Zagory kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:31 remaining to extend the Cardinal’s lead to 20-16.
Craft, despite being sacked seven times, finished 23 of 39 for 285 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
The UCLA victory overshadowed a 138-yard, two-TD rushing performance by Stanford’s Toby Gerhart.
Kai Forbath kicked field goals of 37, 19 and 28 yards for the Bruins. Zagory made kicks of 40 and 29 yards for the Cardinal.
Stanford’s Tavita Pritchard, back in the lineup after leaving last week’s game with a concussion, threw only 12 times and completed five for just 51 yards and was intercepted once.
Up 17-16, the Cardinal began a march at their 20 with 7:29 remaining, and Gerhart carried seven times on a 12-play drive down to the UCLA 11. When Stanford opted to go for a field goal on fourth-and-1, Zagory made the kick, but Craft and the Bruins got the ball back with plenty of time left.
The Bruins managed to cram 16 plays into the final 1:42 as they drove from their own 10 to the Cardinal 2.
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