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           === Whitfield's catch sparks Stanford past No. 9 UCLA ===
 
 Stanford,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The game  was all  punts and field goals
 before Kodi Whitfield's catch.
 
 Catch? More like an acrobatic stunt.
 
 "Unbelievable,"  said his  quarterback, who was speaking only from the view he
 got in real time because he hadn't seen the replays yet.
 
 "He just went up and made a play. I can't wait to see it," Kevin Hogan said.
 
 Whitfield's  one-handed,  30-yard touchdown catch between two defenders helped
 No. 13 Stanford top previously unbeaten UCLA 24-10 on Saturday to avoid losing
 back-to-back games for the first time in four years.
 
 The  catch gave Stanford  a 10-3 lead in the third quarter after a punt-filled
 first half.
 
 Hogan  shouldn't  have a hard time  finding a replay  of it -- long before the
 game  was  over, an  Internet search  produced many  websites that already had
 video and animated GIFs of the catch.
 
 Whitfield  -- with  Ishmael Adams draped on  his back -- leapt in the end zone
 to grab the ball with his right hand, cradling it into his body as he fell for
 the touchdown.
 
 The  catch was so good -- Whitfield was turned sideways, the right side of his
 body  facing the goal  line -- that another UCLA corner streaked in behind him
 with his arms outstretched, expecting an interception.
 
 All  Anthony  Jefferson found was  air, though,  as Stanford (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12)
 took the lead.
 
 "I'm  always expecting him to go up and get it," Hogan said of Whitfield, a 6-
 foot-2 sophomore. "He goes  up and gets those balls when they're in the air. I
 just try to take a little air out of it and give him a chance, and he just did
 the rest."
 
 "Just  a  phenomenal play," said  Stanford coach  David Shaw. "God bless Kodi.
 Every time we've given him an opportunity, he's made a play."
 
 The Cardinal had a 13-game winning streak snapped in a 27-21 loss at Utah last
 week  and  faced the  possibility of  two straight defeats  for the first time
 since losses to Oregon State and Arizona in October 2009.
 
 Instead, they celebrated homecoming with their 13th straight home win.
 
 Ninth-ranked  UCLA  -- trying to go  6-0 for the  first time in eight years --
 suffered its sixth loss in a row to Stanford, including two within a seven-day
 span last season.
 
 The  Bruins (5-1, 2-1) got the ball back after a missed Stanford field goal in
 the  fourth quarter,  but punted.  After  a Cardinal  punt, quarterback  Brett
 Hundley was intercepted for the second time by Jordan Richards.
 
 Tyler Gaffney then ran for a 4-yard touchdown to give Stanford its 24-10 lead.
 
 Gaffney  rushed  for 171 yards and  a pair of  scores and Hogan passed for 227
 yards with an interception in the win.
 
 Hundley  threw  for 192 yards, including  a 3-yard touchdown pass to Shaquelle
 Evans. Malcolm Jones was UCLA's leading rusher with 30 yards on five carries.
 
 Things  won't get  any easier for the  Bruins, who haven't gone 6-0 since they
 started 8-0 in 2005. They go on the road to play No. 2 Oregon next Saturday.
 
 Stanford  beat UCLA twice  in seven days last season, including a 27-24 win in
 the  Pac-12 Championship  Game to secure a  spot in the Rose Bowl. UCLA hasn't
 won a game in the series since 2008.
 
 After  Whitfield's  catch, Richards  intercepted Hundley and  took it down the
 right  sideline  for an apparent  touchdown that was  called back because of a
 holding  penalty.  Stanford scored anyway  on Gaffney's  1-yard run for a 17-3
 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
 
 UCLA  came back  with a 75-yard drive  and Hundley found Evans in the front of
 the  end zone for  a 3-yard touchdown pass that got the Bruins within 17-10 on
 the first play of the fourth quarter.
 
 Backup  Stanford  kicker Conrad  Ukropina missed  a 46-yard  field goal in the
 fourth  quarter. Starter  Jordan Williamson, who kicked the game-winning field
 goal in last season's Pac-12 title game, was out with an injury.
 
 Earlier,  Ukropina's  31-yard field goal gave  Stanford a 3-0 lead late in the
 first  quarter and  came amid nine combined  punts in the half. The only other
 drive  that  didn't end in a  punt was the  last one, when UCLA corner Ishmael
 Adams intercepted Hogan.
 
 The  Bruins tied  the game at 3-3  on Ka'imi Fairbairn's 38-yard field goal on
 the first possession of the second half.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Stanford  is away at Oregon State next week then home against Oregon on Nov. 7
 after  a  bye ... Cardinal  tight end Devon Cajuste  had seven catches for 109
 yards but left the game in the second half with a knee injury.
 
 10/19 20:59:14 ET

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