On a sunny September morning before the school year began, before Stanford left to play TCU early…
How To Beat UCLA, Again
"They give us a little extra spark, especially the defense flying to the football," Ben Gardner raved about his team's alternate uniforms, his eyes gleaming. "They give us a bit of an attitude." He's right: the Cardinal have worn the blacks three times. They've averaged a 54-18 victory in those games, which included a 45-19 home win over UCLA in 2011, the Bruins' last visit to Stanford Stadium. That time, though, David Shaw's boys wore their standard white helmets on top of the black jerseys. On Friday, they'll combine the black helmets (think of Stanford's Nike Pro Combat unis versus Notre Dame last season) with the black jerseys, creating a look identical to the one fans saw versus Duke earlier this year. Last week's three-possession margin, though, showed that Stanford may not need extra uniform hoopla to defeat the Bruins again and make a return trip to the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal simply overwhelmed UCLA in both trenches, easily overcoming one glaring mistake: Reed Miller's poor...
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