Kevin Hogan saved his best for last, the Stanford defense stayed true to form and the Cardinal finished the regular season with a convincing 31-10 victory over host No. 9 UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference football contest Friday in Pasadena.
Hogan completed his first 12 passes and finished 16 of 19 for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He achieved a quarterback rating of 222.4 as Stanford (5-4 in the Pac-12, 7-5 overall) finished on a solid note and likely upgraded its bowl status.
With the Bruins out of the Pac-12 championship game picture, UCLA is the likely frontrunner for the Holiday Bowl, while Arizona State, which lost to Arizona and was also knocked out of the title game, could go to the Sun Bowl.
Depending what happens in the conference title game, Stanford becomes a viable option for the Las Vegas Bowl or the Foster Farms Bowl, to be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and will be matched with a Big 10 team.
Once Stanford grabbed the lead in the second quarter, the Cardinal dominated action on both sides of the ball. UCLA's Paul Perkins gained 116 rushing yards, though the Bruins were held to 100 overall.
The three-pronged attack that included Hogan, Remound Wright, who scored twice, and Christian McCaffrey, put up 174 of Stanford's overall 202 yards.
Hogan threw touchdown passes of 22 yards to Michael Rector and 37 yards to Devan Cajuste, both of whom made remarkable catches in the end zone. Jordan Williamson added a fourth-quarter field goal.
The Cardinal defense recorded seven tackles for a loss, including five sacks, and swarmed to the ball all day. The Bruins scored on their first drive and were flummoxed the rest of the way.
Henry Anderson had two tackles for a loss, with a sack, and David Parry was credited with 1 1/2 sacks.
The Cardinal recorded its seventh straight win over the Bruins in the series, matching UCLA's longest losing streak against any team (with USC).
Coach David Shaw became Stanford's fifth-winningest coach with 41 wins, surpassing Chuck Taylor.