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View from Beyond the Press Box: UCLA

Defensive effort is wasted

Stanford's defense stands so tall as to keep UCLA's offense from scoring a single point in the first half and just seven points into the fourth quarter. So how does the Cardinal suffer a 31-0 defeat Saturday night in the Rose Bowl? Four offensive turnovers, a blocked punt, overall poor special teams and an even worse offense.

7:20 pm - Stanford wins the coin toss and defers.  Given the struggles of Stanford's defense and the desire to start on the right foot with field position, I would have thought the Cardinal would want to take the kickoff and ball in the first half.  I suppose the struggles of the kickoff return unit and the offense also make that dicey.  You can't win when deciding on the coin toss decision...

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