UCLA gets past Stanford 35-24; Bruins QB Robinson-Thompson throws for 2 TD passes

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns to defeat the Stanford Cardinal on Sat Sep 25, 2021 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (AP News photo)

UCLA Gets Past Stanford 35-24

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Stanford Cardinal hosted the UCLA Bruins in a highly anticipated Pac-12 match up. The Bruins came in to the game favored. Both teams have identical records at 2-1. Stanford has a lengthy list of players out for this game.

Although Stanford won the toss and elected to receive, it was UCLA that scored first when they returned a punt for 58 yards to set up the touchdown. UCLA had three first and goal attempts on the Stanford two yard line. The Bruins quarterback Thompson-Robinson scored the first touchdown of the game for an early 7-0 lead.

Stanford would go back to work. Tanner McKee had trouble in their first set of downs throwing three incomplete passes two of which were almost intercepted. After three possessions Stanford was having a lot of trouble moving the ball.

The Bruins were controlling the running game and the Cards were having a lot of trouble containing them. Already up by seven points the Bruins were threatening as the first quarter began to wind down. With 15 seconds left in the quarter UCLA scored for a second time now leading 14-0. Stanford did not have a single first down in the first quarter.

At 7:30 in the second quarter Stanford had their first first down of the game. Stanford was fighting through the UCLA defense which had so far controlled the game. With a second and 19 Stanford quarterback McKee found Brycen Tremayne in the end zone for their first touchdown of the game trailing the Bruins 14-7. The running game as well as the passing game had come to life for Stanford.

As the second quarter came to an end UCLA quarterback Thompson-Robinson found the end zone for the second time in the game and at the half the Bruins led 21-7. They would open the second half with the ball.

Stanford scored at 5:30 in the third quarter off a McKee to Elijah Higgins pass for 56 yards. The Cardinal defense and offense had really picked up the pace in the second half. Still trailing 21-14 the Stanford defense was putting the ball back into the hands of the offense as the fourth quarter got underway.

In the fourth quarter quarterback McKee found Bryce Farrell for 52 yards and a touchdown in an explosive drive from the Stanford offense. The game was now tied at 21-21 and it was a new ball game.

UCLA answered right back with a Thompson-Robinson pass to Kyle Phillips for 75 yards and a touchdown taking back the lead 28-21.

Stanford stalled on the ensuing possession and was forced to attempt a 48 yard field goal which was good. They now trailed 28-24 with 9:10 left in the fourth quarter.

With 2:30 left in the game quarterback Thompson-Robinson found Kyle Phillips despite a very sore shoulder for the touchdown that finished the game for the Bruins 35-24.

McKee would finish with 19 of 29 passing and 185 yards. Nathaniel Peat had 41 yards and Elijah Higgins had 78 yards receiving for Stanford. The Bruin stats were impressive with 212 yards for Thompson- Robinson and 19 of 30 passing. With 209 yards rushing by Zach Charbonnet and 111 receiving yards from Kyle Phillips the Bruins were just too hot to handle for the Stanford Cardinals.

Next up for Stanford will be the #4 ranked Oregon Ducks on Saturday October 2nd. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 ET.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Stanford gets ready for Big Game tonight at Cal

Stanford Cardinal forward Jaiden Delaire takes a shot against the USC Trojans on Tue Feb 2, 2021 at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto (gostanford.com image)

Stanford podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal (10-6) were coming off three win in Tuesday night’s make up game in Santa Cruz and were trying for a third but the USC Trojans (13-3) who have been taking no prisoners all season dominated the Cardinal 72-66 to the Cardinal winning streak.

#2 It seemed like every time the Cardinal turned around on defense the Trojan’s Evan Mobley had the basketball and the Cardinal had a hard time stopping him with Mobley scoring as leading scorer with 23.

#3 The Cardinal had those past games where there were some very close games namely the win over UCLA something had to tell Cardinal head coach Jerod Haase that the Trojans were studying film because they led in both the first and second halves against the Cardinal.

#4 There is no doubt the Cardinal had enough talent to win the game against the Trojans they had both Jaiden Delaire with 22 points and Michael O’Connell 20 points finishing in double figures but the Cardinal are also missing some players to injuries and Oscar da Silva scored only nine points.

#5. The Cardinal take on the Cal Bears (7-12) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley tonight. Cal has lost two straight games and are in last place in the Pac 12. They did however beat USC 76-68 before going on the two game skid. Can you see the Bears giving the Cardinal some game tonight at the Pavilion?

Join Jerry F for Stanford Cardinal basketball podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal can’t contain USC’s Mobley in second half loss

The USC Trojans Evan Mobley (4) seen here throwing down against the Washington Huskies on Thu Jan 14, 2021 finished with 25 points against the Cal Bears being the key offensive person to help the Trojans in the victory on Sat Jan 23, 2021 at Cal (AP News photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 The USC Trojans (12-3) Evan Mobley had himself quite a second half against the Cal Bears (7-10) on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion scoring 17 of his 25 points in the second half effective to help defeat the Bears 76-68.

#2 Cal saw those walls closing in in that second half and even with Matt Bradley back in the line up that still didn’t help get the Bears enough offense to win.

#3 Morris I just wanted to ask you about Ryan Betley whose been in a slump of late, he scored seven points and got two assists in Saturday’s game against USC.

#4 The Cal Bears Makale Foreman had a rough game against USC no assists and five points. Foreman had some good games earlier has trailed off some?

#5 The Bears hit the road their next game is on Thu Jan 28 which will be at Arizona State (4-7). ASU has struggled losing six out of their last seven games. The Bears are coming off a win at Utah(6-6), a close loss to UCLA (12-3) and the disappointing loss to USC Morris how do you see Cal and ASU matching up on Thursday?

Join Morris for the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Cardinal use last-second shot by da Silva to slip past UCLA in OT 73-72

The Stanford Cardinal’s Oscar da Silva (13) gets the warm reception after scoring a buzzer beater to defeat the visiting UCLA Bruins at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz on Sat Jan 23, 2021 (gostanford.com photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 23, 2021

UCLA thought it had secured an overtime win over Stanford on Saturday when Tyger Campbell converted a three-point play with five seconds left in overtime.

With no time outs, the Cardinal used those five seconds efficiently, culminating in a game-winning layup by Oscar da Silva that gave Stanford a 73-72 Pac 12 men’s basketball victory at its home-away-from-home in Santa Clara before a national television audience.

It was the Bruins’ first conference loss of the season, and it came after UCLA (12-3 overall, 8-1 Pac-12) took a 72-71 lead on Campbell’s layup-plus-1. Stanford moved the ball upcourt with no time outs, and after the Bruins’ Jalen Hill swatted a 3-point attempt by Jaiden Delaire out of bounds near the basket, 0.8 seconds remained.

On the inbound play, no one sealed off da Silva, who sliced through the lane unobstructed, took Michael O’Connell’s pass and converted a layup with 0.1 seconds showing.

Stanford and UCLA each had a chance to win in regulation. Da Silva missed a layup with 22 seconds left, and Campbell missed a jump shot from the left elbow.

Da Silva – Stanford’s leading scorer – finished with 26 points. The Cardinal (9-5, 5-3) played without starters Ziaire Williams, Daejon Davis and Bryce Wills. Dalaire added 19 points, including a steal-and-dunk with 1:39 to play.

Johnny Juzang, a transfer from Kentucky, led UCLA with 27 points, including the Bruins’ final 16 points of the first half. Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 14 points.

Stanford remains undefeated in five games at Kaiser Permanente Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors’ G-League team. The Cardinal are still unable to play at Maples Pavilion due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Cardinal hit the road for their next four games – at Arizona on Thursday and at Arizona State next Saturday; then at USC on Feb. 2 and at California on Feb. 4.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Lots of defense but Cal falls four points short to UCLA 61-57 at Haas Pavilion

The Cal Bears guard Ryan Betley (00) takes a jump shot against the UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Clark (0) at Haas Pavilion on Thu Jan 21, 2021 (dailycal.org photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael, Cal tried to keep within range of one of the Pac 12’s best the UCLA Bruins but it wasn’t enough in a four point loss 61-57.

#2 For all their effort Cal took a 36-32 half time lead and maybe some confidence they might pull another upset off like they did in Utah last Saturday.

#3 The Bruins one to never give up stayed just ahead of Cal winning the second half of the game 29-21 which ended up being a four point win for UCLA.

#4 Despite the loss it was close and the Bears seemed to have improved their play. They beat the Utah Utes in a nine point game in Utah and played a close game with the Bruins has Cal head coach Mark Fox improved both offense and defense and has he changed the playbook to improve the recent games?

#5 Cal gets another test as they face another big force in the Pac 12 the USC Trojans. The Trojans last game on Thursday night against Stanford was canceled due to Coronavirus protocols if they can get healthy for Saturday how do you see Cal matching up with the Trojans?

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cardinal, Trojans postpone Pac-12 contest

Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz was empty of the USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal as the game was postponed on Thu Jan 21, 2021 due to Coronavirus protocol issues concerning USC (Dream Inn file photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 21, 2021

For the second time in its conference schedule this season, Stanford had to postpone a men’s basketball game.

The Cardinal’s Jan. 21 Pac-12 game against Southern California, scheduled to be played in Santa Cruz, was postponed due to a COVID-19 issue within the USC program.

The Pac-12 said it would work with both Stanford and USC to find a mutually agreeable date to reschedule the game.

The Cardinal (8-5 overall, 4-3 Pac-12) continue their season on Saturday against UCLA at Santa Cruz in a game to be televised by Fox. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. Pacific.


Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal’s 50 point second half difference maker in winning at Utah

The Cal Bears Kuany Kuany is thrilled that Cal played some solid second half offense to come back and win over the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City Sat Jan 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris how big was this for Cal (7-8) to get a win in Utah (5-6) 72-63 which had been a tough place to play for Cal in past years.

#2 In the first half Cal looked like they were going to go down again as the Utes took a 34-22 lead at half time.

#3 Cal was right back in it in the second half scoring 50 and holding the Utes to just 29 points.

#4 Talk about some of Cal’s high scorers Grant Anticevich is back leading the Bears with 14 points, Makale Forman followed up with 12 points, Jerod Hyder and Andre Kelly both scored 11 points.

#5 The UCLA Bruins (11-2) head to Haas Pavilion for Thu Jan 21st’s game. The Bruins defeated the Washington Huskies (1-11) on Saturday 81-76 completing their sixth straight win and Jules Bernard lead UCLA in scoring 20 points. How do you see this match up on Thursday.

Morris Phillips does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Stanford wins a double-overtime thriller to end the season on a high note 48-47

 Stanford Cardinal running back Austin Jones (20) carries for the first score of the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles on Sat Dec 20, 2020 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

What a way to finish the season. The Cardinal won a thrilling double-overtime game over the UCLA Bruins t the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The game had loads of offense and the Stanford defense came through to win the game as the Bruins were attempting a two-point conversion that would send the Cardinal down to defeat.

The Stanford Cardinal, playing their fourth game in a row on the road, beat the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Saturday night 48-47. 

The Cardinal finished the season with a record of 4-2. The Bruins fell to 3-4. The Cardinal, eligible to play in a postseason bowl game, announced that they would not accept an invitation. UCLA also declined an invitation for a bowl game.

Stanford dominated the first half. Cardinal quarterback Davis Mills had everything working for him. The Cardinal scored three times to finish the first half with a 20-3 lead. The only blemish was Jet Toner’s missed extra point on the Cardinal’s second score.

The miss turned out to be a significant factor in the game. The Cardinal’s first score was a 72 -yard drive on 12 plays. The key play was a 34-yard pass from Mills to Brycen Tremayne to put the ball on the Bruin nine-yard line. The Cardinal took the ball down to the one-yard line. Austin Jones scored on a one-yard plunge into the end zone. UCLA had a touchdown called back due to a holding penalty. They had to settle for a field goal. Stanford led 7-3. 

The Cardinal scored their second touchdown on a six-play 75-yard drive. The key plays were Napoleon Peat’s 19-yard scamper and Mills’ 44-yard throw to Tremayne to take the Cardinal down to the Bruins’ two-yard line.

With the Cardinal in the Wildcat formation, Isiah Sanders took it to the house for the score. Toner missed the extra point. Stanford leads 13-3. UCLA’s quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was injured while leading the Bruins to Stanford’s 21-yard line. Chase Griffin replaced him.

The Bruin drive stalled at the eleven-yard line.UCLA’s field goal attempt failed. Stanford then went on an 80-yard drive. Mills completed five passes to get the Cardinal down to the Bruin one-yard line.

Jones ran it in for the score. Stanford dominated the first half and left the field, leading 20-3. Mills was 13-for-16, passing good for 201 yards. Jones had 11 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Tremayne had four receptions for 88 yards. Fehoko had five catches for 76 yards. 

The Bruins found their mojo in the second half. The Cardinal defense held the Bruin offense in check the first thirty minutes of the game. The Cardinal offense shredded the Bruins defense. However, teams have to play sixty minutes of football.

With backup QB Chase Griffin and backup running back Brittain Brown, the Bruins scored 31 unanswered points to lead 34-20 with 5:39 left. Cardinal QB Davis Mills threw three interceptions that set up the Bruin touchdowns. The Bruins scored a touchdown the first time they had their hands on the ball in the second half. They went 57 yards on seven plays for the score. There was a feeling that momentum had shifted to the Bruins. 

Their next score came when Mills’ pass was picked off. Mills had thrown 222 passes without an interception. The Bruins drive stalled on the Cardinal 32-yard line. On fourth and four, Griffin connected with tight end Greg Dulcich for the score.

The Bruins picked off another Mills’ pass at the Bruin 16-yard line. Brown then ripped off a 41-yard run. Griffin connected with Chase Cota in the end zone for the score. UCLA led for the first time 24-20. UCLA continued to rip through the Cardinal defense. They were driving for another score when the Cardinal defense stiffined. The Bruins kicked a field goal to lead 27-20. 

The Bruin defense put seven more points on the board when cornerback Jay Shaw intercepted Mills errant throw. He took it to the house to make it 34-20. The Bruins had scored 31 unanswered points in the second half. Time was running out for Stanford. 

The Cardinal rose to the occasion. They went on a 75-yard drive to creep within seven 34-27 with 2:39 to play. The Cardinal tried an onside kick. UCLA was able to field it cleanly and ran it back to the Cardinal 27-yard line. Stanford’s defense forced a fumble, and they were back in business with just a minute and 43 seconds left to play. 

Could they do it? Did they have enough left in the tank to engineer a drive that would tie the game? They answered both questions. They converted on a fourth and one to stay alive. Davis Mills connected with Fehoko on a 29-yard pass to tie the game and send it to overtime.

It took two overtime periods to end the game. UCLA scored first. Stanford responded to tied it at 41-41. In the second overtime period, Stanford went first. They put seven more points on the board. The combination of Mills to Fehoko worked again.

UCLA had to score to tie the game. They did. The Cardinal defense forced them into a fourth and 18 for a first down. The Bruins needed 21 yards for the score. Griffin found Kyle Phillips in the end zone for the TD. Bruins’ head coach Chip Kelly decided to go for two points.

If they converted, the Bruins would win. If they failed, the day belonged to Stanford. The Bruins ran the play. Stanford held. Penalty flags flew all over the field. Each team was charged with a penalty. They had to rerun the play. The Cardinal defense stopped the run on the one-yard line to seal the win for Stanford. Final score Stanford 48-UCLA 47.

Game notes and stats: Davis Mills had quite a day. He was 32 for 47, good for 428 yards. Austin Jones had 23 carries for 92 yards. Simi Fehoko had a career-high sixteen receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Stanford record 560 total yards on offense. The Bruins had 483. The Bruins’ Brittain Brown rushed for 219 yards.

Both teams left everything on the field Saturday night. Had Kelly decided not to kick the extra point, the teams probably would still be on the field. It was a terrific college football game and a great way to end the season.

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Big Game at Cal has Stanford and Bears looking for that first win

Oregon State Beavers quarterback Tristan Gebbia keeps a one yard rush for the go ahead touchdown with just 4:30 left in the game against the Cal Bears at Corvallis at the Oregon State University on Sat Nov 21, 2020 (Oregonian/OregonLive photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 It was a game that got away from the Cal Bears (0-2) in the fourth quarter the  Oregon State Beavers (1-2) had a lead after Jake Tonges scored on a two yard pass from quarterback Chase Garbers at 8:04 remaining for a 27-24 lead over the Beavers.

#2 The Beavers got back with 4:30 left in the ball game when quarterback Tristan Gebbia took a one yard keeper into the end zone for a Beavers 31-27 lead and eventual win.

# 3 After losing in UCLA last week to the Bruins this one had to be hard to take as well dropping to 0-2 and such a hard effort against a team like the Beavers only to lose it in the end for Cal?

#4 Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers threw a good enough game to win with 315 yards and three touchdowns but as the Bears know turnovers will hurt you and Garbers was intercepted twice by the Beavers in this one.

#5 Like the Stanford Cardinal (0-2) the Bears have played on two games and had two games canceled. The Big Game is scheduled for this Fri Nov 27th at Cal Memorial and for both teams a critical game to get in the win column as both are looking for that first win and also trying to avoid a third cancelation as Covid outbreaks have been rampant in the Pac 12.

Morris Phillips does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears finally play their first game and get trounced by UCLA

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) takes a leap of faith over Cal Bears cornerback Josh Drayden (20) as the Bears Evan Tattersall (54) watches the play in the first half at UCLA on Sun Nov 15, 2020 (AP News photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 Morris, the UCLA Bruins (1-1) on Sunday didn’t waste anytime jumping on the Cal Bears (0-1) at the Rose Bowl taking a 27-10 lead to get things started in the first half.

#2 Lots of defense from both teams in the second half where UCLA was the only team who scored in the fourth quarter a touchdown as the Bears get trounced in the opener 34-10.

#3 Morris, would you say a lot of this game loss for Cal had to be attributed to all the schedule changes the Bears had to go through they started out the week not even knowing how to prepare for a game at ASU that might not be played, then it was canceled once they got to ASU and were told on Friday night to get to Los Angeles for a Sunday morning game against UCLA.

#4 As tough as the loss was for Cal how important is it for the Bears to at least to have got this first game in the books considering all the changes and preparation they put into practicing this week.

#5 The Bears play their second straight road game this time next Sat Nov 21st at Oregon State (0-2). The Beavers took a close loss against the Washington Huskies (1-0) 27-21 at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday. The Beavers and Huskies played to a narrow margin in the first half with the Huskies taking the half time lead 24-21. The second half was all defense with UW getting the only score in the half with a field goal and a 27-21 final. Morris set up the Cal Bears at OSU for this Saturday.

Morris does the Cal Bears podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com