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Stanford's 35-17 win against UCLA sets up title game rematch

  • Stanford safety Jordan Richards (8) stops UCLA running back Jordon James (6) for no gain on a pass play during the first quarter of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

PASADENA — The Stanford Cardinal chose to be concerned strictly about themselves on Saturday. That was all that was necessary, and it worked to perfection.

Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Hogan passed for 160 yards and another score, and the 11th-ranked Cardinal beat No. 15 UCLA 35-17 to earn the Pac-12 North title and a rematch with the Bruins in the conference championship game next week.

The Cardinal (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) had to win to qualify for another shot at the Bruins on Friday at home because No. 5 Oregon (11-1, 8-1) beat No. 16 Oregon State 48-24 in a matchup that finished about 10 minutes before Stanford and UCLA began their game at the Rose Bowl.

But coach David Shaw and several of his players swore they didn't know the outcome of the Oregon-Oregon State game until after their triumph over the Bruins.

"Didn't watch the game, didn't think it was important," Shaw said of the matchup in Corvallis, Ore. "The only thing that matters is what happens on our field. It's inconsequential. It didn't matter. For true competitors, we've got a football game to play, we're going to play it. And our guys approached it that way."

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