Kings fall to Lakers 111-106 in LA

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By: Jeremiah Salmonson

LOS ANGELES–The Sacramento Kings came into LA coming off a 3-1 homestand. They beat the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Chicago Bulls while only dropping one game. A heartbreaker in which they were up 25 going into the fourth quarter and lost by two points. All in all, the Kings were happy with what they were able to accomplish during the homestand. They were looking forward to attempting revenge on the Lakers as they have had the Kings’ number this year. The tip-off was set for 6:30 PM PST.

In the first quarter, the Kings were off to another slow start. Remembering back to a day earlier on Saturday where the Kings were only able to score 20 in the first quarter. Sunday was not much different. The Kings continued to struggle through the early minutes of the game. They were only able to put 20 points on the board on Sunday while allowing 22. The Lakers weren’t playing great either as both teams were struggling to put the ball in the bottom of the hoop. The leading scorer in the game was Marvin Bagley, who had seven points through the first.

In the second quarter, it looked like more of the same for the Kings. They were struggling to find their shot and looked to be falling further behind. However, the Kings were able to battle and put up 29 points to outscore the Lakers. The Lakers managed to score 26 in the second. The leading scorer in the second quarter was Lance Stephenson, who put up eight points in the second. If the Kings wanted to keep pace, they had to start knocking down some shots in the third.

In the third quarter, it didn’t look pretty as the Lakers started off the quarter with a 14-0 run to start the second half. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers’ charge with 21 points in the third. Lebron James also made an impact in the third, scoring eight points to help rack up a 39-point third for the Lakers. On the other hand, the Kings scored 28, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace. Nemanja Bjelica and Marvin Bagley led the Kings with six and five points, respectively. The third ended with the Lakers leading 87-77. The Kings needed a big late-game push to have a chance.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings kept with tradition and made things interesting. To give the credit where credit is due, the Kings battled in the final minutes; however, the deficit they created in the previous minutes proved too large to overcome. The Kings fell to the Lakers in LA 111-106.

Up Next: The Kings travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks at 5:30 PM PST on Tuesday.

Earthquakes shutout LAFC 3-0 in preseason rivalry match

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes stopped by the City of Angels to take on LAFC in a rivalry match at the Banc of California Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Quakes’ starting lineup featured Daniel Vega, Marcos Lopez, Guram Kashia, Harold Cummings, Nick Lima, Magnus Eriksson, Judson, Anibal Godoy, Cristian Espinoza, Vako and Chris Wondolowski.

The Quakes were off to a great start. Eriksson’s free kick that rattled the near post at the ninth minute of the first half. Eriksson then found the back of the net five minutes later to give the Quakes a 1-0 lead at the 15th minute. Wondolowski doubled the Quakes’ lead at the 30th minute.

The Quakes carried a 2-0 lead to the locker room at the end of the first half. Eriksson and Wondolowski each scored one goal apiece for the Quakes, who were pretty darn confident in the fact that they’d ultimately win the match for the much-needed confidence boost along with the bragging rights that arise when a team beats a bitter rival.

Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda made no changes to the team’s lineup to start the second half. Unlike in Northern California, both teams played under the warm California sun as opposed to the stormy Seattle weather.

The Quakes made their first substitution of the match as Tommy Thompson entered the game as a replacement to Lima. The Quakes’ second substitution was Luis Felipe in for Eriksson. The Quakes’ third substitution saw Shea Salinas, who replaced Espinoza. The Quakes’ fourth substitution witnessed Jackson Yueill, who stepped on the field after Judson walked off of it.

Fast forward to the 76th minute when Godoy nearly kicked in a third goal, but was denied at the post by a LAFC defender. The score remained in a 2-0 lead in favor of the Quakes. After that, San Jose made its fifth substitution as Florian Jungwirth replaced Godoy.

Turns out, Vako indeed tripled the Quakes’ lead with the match’s third goal of the game at the 76th minute. The final score turned out to be a 3-0 Quakes win on the road. That being said, it was never too late for San Jose to beat LA. Media members on both sides of the field flocked to speak with Coach Almeyda along with the Quakes players in the hopes of getting some interesting quotes for their respective articles and/or broadcasts.

The Quakes wrap up the 2019 MLS preseason with a match versus the Seattle Sounders FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, February 23rd at 12:45 pm PT.

Warriors roll over the Lakers 130-111 in Los Angeles

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors had little trouble blowing out the Lakers 131-111 Monday night at the Staples Center. The Lakers, without LeBron James, who is recovering from a groin injury and Lonzo Ball, out 4 to 6 weeks with a grade 3 ankle sprain, were no match for the Warriors.  The Warriors have been playing well and are looking like the Warriors of the past four seasons as they are starting to blow out opponents. They also avenged a loss to the Lakers on Christmas day in Oakland. The Warriors won their eighth in a row and tenth in the last 11 games. The Lakers lost for the fourth time in the last six games.

With the game tied at 18, the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to go up 25-18. The Warriors finished the first quarter leading 29-24. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 11 points. The Warriors increased the lead to 10 at the end of the first half 65-55. Thompson finished the first 24 minutes of play with 21 points. He was 9-for-11 from the floor, and he made all three of his 3-point shots. Durant had 10, Curry 8, and DeMarcus Cousins 7. Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 13. Kyle Kuzma had 11, Michael Beasley 8, and Ivaca Zunac 8.

The Warriors broke open the game in the third quarter. They outscored the Lakers 45-25. Thompson connected on 7 three-point shots and set an NBA record by making his first ten 3-point shots in a row. He missed on his 11th try. Thompson left the game near the end of the third quarter, and he did not play in the fourth period. The Warriors finished the third quarter with a 30-point lead 110-80. Durant, Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green sat out the fourth quarter. Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr left Cousins in the game to get some more playing time, and he finished the night with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. He saw 21 minutes of action before exiting about halfway through the final quarter. The Lakers’ bench outscored the Warriors 31-20, but it was not enough to overcome a 30-point deficit.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are now 33-14. The Lakers drop to 25-23. Klay finished with 44 points. He was 17-20 from the floor and made 10 three-point shots in 11 tries. KD had 20, Steph Curry a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists. The Warriors’ bench players also contributed to the win. Jonas Jerebko had 9, Alonzo McKinnie 8, Kevon Looney 8, and Andre Iguodala 6.

Ivaca Zubac led the Lakers with 18. Ingram had 17, Kyle Kuzma 16, Michael Beasley,15. JaVale McGee, who played and won two championship rings with the Warriors, contributed 10 points in a losing effort for the Lakers.

Up Next: The Warriors travel to Washington, DC to face the Wizards Thursday night. Game time will be at 5 pm. The Wizards are 20-26 so far this season.

Trojans hand Cardinal second Pac-12 setback 77-66

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Southern California earned its fourth consecutive men’s basketball win Sunday, knocking off Stanford 77-66 at Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Nick Rakocevic led the Trojans (9-6 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) with 23 points, with Bennie Boatwright adding 22. USC won its first two conference games of the season for the first time since 2010.

Rakocevic also grabbed 10 rebounds, giving him his seventh double-double of the season. Rakocevic and Boatwright combined for 45 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals and only two turnovers.

The Cardinal (7-7, 0-2), meanwhile, have lost three of their last four contests.

Cormac Ryan led Stanford with 18 points — all on 3-pointers he hit in the second half. Daejon Davis and KZ Okpala contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cardinal.

The Trojans jumped to a 13-point run to open the game and led until Okpala drained a 3-pointer with 12:45 remaining, giving Stanford a 49-46 lead. Southern Cal later pulled away with an 11-0 run, taking a 68-55 lead with 2:22 to play.

The Cardinal return home Wednesday to host Arizona. Tipoff set for 8:00 pm.

Bruins reward new coach with 92-70 win over Stanford

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 3, 2019

UCLA used a big second half to blow out Stanford 92-70 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Pauley Pavilion, giving interim coach Murry Bartow his first win after replacing Steve Alford, who was fired earlier in the week.

It was the first time in UCLA men’s basketball history that a coach was dismissed during the season. Bartow’s father, Gene, coached the Bruins for two seasons in the mid-1970s.

Moses Brown hit 8-of-9 from the field and led the Bruins (8-6 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Jaylen Hands was next for UCLA with 15 points and six assists, and Kris Wilkes and Prince Ali each score 14 points.

The Bruins held a 56-30 edge on points in the paint, and their defense collected seven steals.

KZ Okpala’s 22 points topped the scoring column for Stanford (7-6, 0-1). It was the Cardinal’s 13th straight loss at UCLA, as Stanford opened its conference schedule on the road for the first time since 2013.

Okpala also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cardinal, who were outrebounded 46-34. Okpala and Oscar Da Silva each had three assists.

With 13 minutes left in the second half, Okpala scored four straight points, pulling the Cardinal to within 48-42. UCLA asserted itself from there, building an 18-point lead with dunks by Brown, Wilkes and Ali.

The Bruins extended their lead with a 10-0 run with under four minutes remaining, taking an 88-61 advantage.

Stanford continues its L.A. road trip when it visits USC on Sunday at 5:00 pm PT.

Rams get first-round bye, 49ers get No. 2 draft pick in 48-32 finale

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By Pearl Allison Lo

LOS ANGELES — Both teams received gifts of differing quality as the Los Angeles Rams trounced the San Francisco 49ers 48-17 Sunday at Memorial Coliseum to close out 2018 and the regular season.

After stumbling with two straight losses, Los Angeles recovered with two straight wins of increased points. Compared to last year’s December game between the NFC West California rivals, the Rams did not rest their players and star running back Todd Gurley was still absent, this time with his knee injury. Last year, the 49ers won 34-13.

On treating this week like the Wild Card weekend last year and what it was like, Rams quarterback Jared Goff replied, “…Just a little bit more urgency, more intensity…Treating it like a playoff game which, in our case, it really was, getting us this week off now.”

San Francisco fell behind in this contest, due to two interceptions and one fumble that led to Los Angeles scores. Cory Littleton was key, with two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. The 49ers were 27% in third down efficiency, while the Rams were 63%. Los Angeles scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters. However, San Francisco ended the game with nice showings on offense and defense, outscoring the Rams 15-3 in the final quarter.

On the performance of the defense the last four games, head coach Sean McVay remarked, “…they did a great job today. Their ability to take the ball away was what allowed us to gain control of that early on…We took better care of the football today…If you’re able to win those turnover battles…other than the points, there’s no greater indicator of wins and losses in this league…”

San Francisco tight end George Kittle broke a NFL record in the fourth quarter, with the most receiving yards in a single season by a tight end. On breaking the record, Kittle said…”It definitely wasn’t just me. You had three quarterbacks throwing me the ball, you had O-line, just ups and downs throughout the whole year, guys in and out…” On him trading his jersey with someone else, Kittle voiced, “I refuse to. That’s mine, that one is mine. I actually hid that so no one can take it at all. I don’t want that Tom Brady thing happening when he got his jersey stolen, so yeah that’s mine.”

For the quarterbacks, the 49ers’ Nick Mullens was 23-for-33 with 282 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Goff was 15-for-26 with 199 yards and four touchdowns.

Rushing-wise, Alfred Morris led San Francisco with 111 yards and a score and C.J. Anderson led Los Angeles  with 132 yards and a score.

Receiving-wise, San Francisco was led by Kittle with 149 yards and a score and Los Angeles was led by Brandin Cooks with 62 yards and two scores.

The Rams’ Josh Reynolds also had two scores and for the 49ers, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James Jr. had a score apiece.

San Francisco’s first three drives consisted of a fumble and two interceptions. Meanwhile, Los Angeles’s first two drives were touchdowns via a pass to Cooks and a run by C.J. Anderson. That set the tone for the first half. In the first quarter, net yards rushing and passing were 76 and 60 for San Francisco versus 16 apiece for the Rams. The 49ers were 0-for-5 on third down. Morris ran for 58 yards and Anderson 29.

The fumble occurred on on third down with 13:19 left. Los Angeles’s Mark Barron caused Kyle Juszczyk to fumble and Aqib Talib recovered it at the Rams’ 46 yard line. Goff made a three-yard pass to Cooks with 12:03 left for the first tally of the afternoon.

San Francisco’s second miscue also came on third down, but was a lot more interesting. With 11:10 left, Littleton intercepted Mullens’ pass to Richie James Jr., but the call was negated after replay reviewed James Jr. was not down by contact. Then the same exact thing happened, but this time Littleton ran for 22 yards. Jeff Wilson Jr. was injured during the play with a shoulder injury.

Starting on the 49ers’ 13-yard line, Los Angeles only needed a 2-yard run by Anderson, a defensive holding penalty by Ronald Blair III and one more yard by Anderson to make it 14-0 with 10:46 left. This was the second shortest drive of the game at 19 seconds.

San Francisco’s longest drive so far ended in an interception by Blake Countess intended for Kittle with 6:28 left.  

The 49ers then put up points in the first quarter when Alfred Morris started with his long of the day, a 51-yard run with 4:40 left. It ended in a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould, 14-3. Aaron Donald sacked Mullens during the drive. On the last play, Countess was injured and evaluated for a concussion.  

The Rams were forced to punt again to start off the second quarter. They would have had a 15-yard gain by Reynolds but Antone Exum Jr. pushed him out of bounds and in turn was injured.  

Los Angeles however, made it 21-3 with another Littleton interception of Mullen trying to target James Jr.. Littleton converted this one himself with a 19-yard touchdown run.

The Rams lost a challenge, which was ruled an incomplete pass instead of another fumble with 12:01 left.

Their following drive took 11 plays and 5:10 and Los Angeles ran up the score in the second as well. The longest play was a 21-yard pass to Cooks and he ended with the scoring play as well, an 18 yard pass, as he spun into the end zone with 6:09 left to make it 28-3. Teammate Andrew Whitworth suffered a knee injury during the drive.

San Francisco followed suit with their first touchdown drive of the match. The longest play was a 22-yard pass to James Jr.. The Rams committed two penalties. The first was when Barron took a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty with a clothesline knockdown of Mullen.

In between, the worst injury of the game came when the truck had to be taken out for the 49ers’ Laken Tomlinson’s right knee.

Los Angeles’s second penalty came when Littleton had a defensive holding after the Rams stopped a third down. The 49ers capitalized and Mullens made a 9-yard pass to James Jr. in the end zone with 2:10 left, for the 28-10 tally.

The Rams’ Greg Zuerlein capped the second half with a 28-yard field goal with three seconds left to make it 31-10.  

Los Angeles came out in the third to establish their biggest lead so far. San Francisco had them at third down but Goff made a long 36-yard pass to Tyler Higbee, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass to Reynolds to make it 38-10. It was the first consecutive scores of the game for the Rams.

The 49ers scored as well with the help of another 15-yard penalty. Mullens made a 14-yard pass to Bourne and then Samson Ebukam was charged with lowering the head to initiate contact. Kittle caught a 25-yard shotgun pass, Trent Taylor made it to the 1-yard line and Morris scored his first touchdown of the game with 8:28 left. Morris’s score ended a seven-game drought.

San Francisco then committed their own 15-yard penalty with unnecessary roughness on Exum Jr. that knocked the ball out of the receiver’s hands. This also ended in a score for the opposing team with six runs by Anderson and two runs by John Kelly. Reynolds caught his first score of the game with a two-yard pass by Goff, as Los Angeles re-established a 28-point lead, 45-17.

A 10-yard sack of Mullens by Barron with 1:14 in the third left helped end the three exchanges of back-and-forth scoring as the 49ers were forced to punt.

Zuerlein’s 51-yard field goal with 11:49 in the fourth marked the Rams’ biggest lead of the game at 48-17.

This is when San Francisco ended the game on a good offensive and defensive effort, scoring their first two straight scores of the night. Mullens said after the game, “Obviously, the start wasn’t what we wanted. But, to finish the way we did shows the toughness and the grit of this team.”

The 49ers started by capping off a 9 play, 75 yard and 4:50 drive with a 24-48 touchdown. Morris had a 20-yard run, Kittle caught a 25-yard pass and after James Jr. was stopped at the one-yard line, on third down, Mullens made a two-yard pass to Bourne. Nickell Robey-Coleman was called for defensive pass interference on the play. Kittle had a total 46 yards during the drive.  On the last play before Kittle broke the record, Mullens narrated, “Yeah, so he was 9-yards away…Pre-snap, they threw a backer out there so…they’re not going to let him get the record. But..screw it, we’re throwing it to him…So, then he caught it and finished his season with a touchdown. So, it’s a storybook finish for George and we’re really excited to be working with him.”

On the other end, San Francisco kept stuffing Los Angeles, which led to a turnover on downs. Mullens passed six yards to Kittle and then 43 yards to him in the end zone. The 49ers were also successful on a bonus two-point conversion attempt from Mullens to Taylor.

Littleton remarked on what it means to be 13-3 and clinch a first round bye, “Truly amazing…the top teams who’ve won the Super Bowl the past five years have had a bye. Something we wanted to make sure that we got and we’ve done it.”

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan’s opening remarks consisted of “Injuries: (49ers RB Jeff) Wilson (Jr.) – shoulder, did not return; (49ers OL) Laken (Tomlinson) – knee, didn’t return; (49ers RB Alfred) Morris – shoulder, no return; and (49ers NB) K’Waun (Williams) was ribs.”

On how close the 49ers are to being in the playoff race next year, cornerback Richard Sherman stated, “..It’s hard to tell without your guys out there. Without (49ers QB) Jimmy ‘G’ (Garoppolo), you’ve got your franchise quarterback you lose, what? — three games into the season. You lose the running back you just paid no games into the season. Your starting receivers get banged up. You lose a safety a game almost every game all the way up until the tenth, eleventh game. I think it’ll be touch to know how good we’ll be till we have a consistent unit out there and show some continuity.”

Game Notes: San Francisco finished 4-12.

49ers Close Out 2018 Season Versus Rams

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By: Joe Lami

The dreadful 2018 season is finally reaching the finish line for the San Francisco 49ers, as the 4-11 club travels to LA to cap-off the season against the Rams.

The 49ers have a chance to play spoiler with the Rams needing the win to secure the two seed in the NFC playoffs. The Rams can also clinch if the Bears lose to the Vikings, which kicks off as well at 1:25 pm PST.

LA will be without star running back Todd Gurley for the second straight week, as he tries to get healthy for the postseason. In his place, CJ Anderson will try and repeat a career day he had last week against Arizona.

The Niners will be without three reliable offensive weapons as well. Marquise Goodwin, Matt Breida, and breakout rookie Dante Pettis will all miss the finale with injuries.

Expect Jeff Wilson Jr. to start at running back. Since his debut during week 12, the undrafted free agent has been a surprise for the Red and Gold, rushing for 257 yards on 62 carries. He just needs to take care of the ball better, fumbling already three times, if he wants a chance to return to a very deep backfield next year.

Nick Mullens will get one final audition to be the 49ers’ backup next year or even a starter somewhere else. Kyle Shanahan has seemed unimpressed by his 3-4 record, 91 passer rating, 10 touchdowns, and nearly 2,000 passing yards he’s had since taking over week 9.

He ranks third in the NFL since 1970 behind Patrick Maholmes and Cam Newton for most yards in his first seven games.

Attacking him will be Aaron Donald, who leads the NFL with 19.5 sacks on the year, the most ever by a defensive tackle. He’s just 3.5 away from passing Michael Strahan’s single-season record. The 49ers’ offensive line needs to keep him in check to prevent history.

The 49ers face an uphill battle against the Rams but have had their number in recent bouts. San Francisco is 4-2 in their last six against the Rams, including winning both games since their return to LA.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: 49ers to end season in L.A. against a successful Rams team

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On the San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 The 49ers were able to hold a 9-7 lead at half time against one of the best teams in the NFC last Sunday the Chicago Bears (11-4). Do you view this as progress after the 49ers had won Denver and Seattle in previous weeks at Levis’s Stadium?

#2 Going into a game like that, where the Bears know how to protect both sides of the ball, the 49ers to play a game like that head coach Kyle Shanahan really had to have had a great game plan.

#3 The Bears did shutout the 49ers in the second half of that game last Sunday. Did it appear to you that quarterback Nick Mullens and the offense did everything they can to get some head way on offense?

#4 San Francisco 49ers (4-11) safety Marcell Harris said his late hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was not intentional. The hit drew an unnecessary roughness and sparked a brawl that saw 49ers’ cornerback Richard Sherman getting ejected from the game plus two other players.

#5 The 49ers end their season against the Los Angeles Rams (12-3) at the LA Coliseum this Sunday. The Rams are another team having a glory season. Can the 49ers play spoiler again?

This is the final 49ers podcast for the season. Join Joe Lami for the NHL podcast each Friday at

Kings’ comeback effort falls short in 127-118 loss to the Clippers

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By: London Marq

On Wednesday the Kings were facing the other team in L.A. It was battle of California teams at the Staples Center as the Clippers hosted the up and coming Sacramento team.

The Clippers opened the game on a mission with a 12-3 run, carving through the young Sacramento team like swiss cheese. Tobias Harris had it going early, from deep. He would end the game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Sacramento played with good energy staying true to their run-and-gun mentality, but a lack of effort defensively kept them behind the gun.

Montrezl Harrell had a dominant game playing a feisty brand of basketball along the baseline. His effort led to second chance points and smoothing defense around the rim on both sides of the floor. Harrell completed the game one rebound short of a double-double, 27 points and 9 boards. The Clippers controlled the game in the first half and would go into the locker rooms with a big lead, 71-48.

The Kings would have their day in the second half, however. De’Aaron Fox, the Kings young stud point guard would start to find his rhythm find his shot from beyond the arch and slashing through the lane. Fox finished with 19 points leading all Kings for the night. The Kings would surge in the third quarter and get the lead back to 10 with three and half minutes left in the period. Lou Williams would punch the Kings right back as he started dropping threes all over the Kings’ defense. He finished 4-of-5 from deep, with 24 points.

The Kings, as they often have this season tried to get the last quarter run in effect and just as they have so far, they were successful. Late in the fourth, the Kings would rattle off a 24-1 run against the Clippers starting when the game score was 118-91. They would battle to get the game to within 3, but a clutch play by Harrell, kept the Kings at bay and the Clippers walk away with the home win.

Final: Clippers defeated the Kings 127-118.

Up Next: The Kings return home to host the Lakers on Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Three takeaways from Stanford’s 49-42 win over UCLA in the Southland

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By: Ana Kieu 

The Stanford Cardinal made it 11 straight wins against the UCLA Bruins with a 49-42 victory at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles on Saturday. 

Here are my three takeaways from Stanford at UCLA. 

Cardinal offense steps up 
Cardinal wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had himself a day with his eighth 100-yard receiving game. As a result, Arcega-Whiteside tied for third most in Stanford history as well as the most since Mark Bradford from 2003-07. 

Also, Arcega-Whiteside became the 14th Cardinal with 2,000 receiving yards. Arcega-Whiteside’s injury was a blow to the Cardinal offense, but he had to put his recovery first. Arcega-Whiteside’s recovery was extremely disappointing, but Cardinal fans were relieved to see him back in action.

Party in the backfield 

The Cardinal jumped for joy, thanks to the party in the backfield. 

After a coverage sack took the Bruins off the field, Cardinal safety Malik Antoine helped the Cardinal to a first down away from a victory in LA. Antoine’s sack happened just moments after Bruins quarterback Wilton Speight held the ball a little too long, like, say, 10-12 seconds. The Cardinal got the ball on a turnover on downs. 

Keep the streak going

No, I’m not talking about the 11-game winning streak against the Bruins (though, that would be lovely if the Cardinal made it 12). I’m talking about Cardinal quarterback K.J. Costello’s touchdown pass streak. Costello was locked in against UCLA to say the least. Costello entered the road game with a TD pass in 15 straight games, and this game was the 16th in his book.

Costello’s TD pass early in the game tied him with John Elway for seventh most in a season in Stanford history with 24. Only Andrew Luck and Kevin Hogan have thrown more in a Cardinal season in the last 25 years. 

Costello also became the sixth Cardinal with 3,000 passing yards in a season, joining Elway, Luck, Steve Sandstrom, Jan Dils and Todd Husak. In addition, Costello became the eighth Cardinal with 40 career TD passes. 

Fun fact 
The Cardinal are 53-3 when leading after three quarters, dating back to 2012.