Instead, the Cardinal came back in impressive fashion.
After shaking off the safety, Hogan heaved the long touchdown to Terrell just over the cornerback’s head. Terrell caught the pass in the short corner and pointed to the poncho-wearing crowd.
‘‘We knew we had to remain calm and play our style,’’ Hogan said. ‘‘We kept to it. We pounded the ball, got field position, got the TD to tie it.’’
Stanford stuffed UCLA three-and-out and Terrell returned the punt 18 yards to the Bruins 43. That set up Williamson’s tiebreaking field goal.
One last UCLA drive nearly sent the game to overtime.
Tight end Joseph Fauria caught a pass over the middle on fourth-and-7 and lateraled the ball to Jordon James to finish a 17-yard completion. That helped set up Fairbairn’s field goal with 34 seconds left, and the kick never looked on target.
‘‘There’s a lot of tears and a lot of disappointment but I think they should be proud of what we accomplished,’’ first-year UCLA coach Jim Mora said.
Stanford has beaten the Bruins five straight games. UCLA was going for its first conference championship since 1998.
The crowd was the smallest at 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium since the Cardinal drew 30,626 against Sacramento State on Sept. 4, 2010.
‘‘It felt like the whole entire game we controlled our own destiny, controlled this ballgame,’’ Bruins defensive lineman Datone Jones said. ‘‘We dominated the line of scrimmage and stopped big runs.’’
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