Postgame notes from the Pac-12 Championship game, including records set by Ed Reynolds and Stepfan Taylor...
Stanford is the second Pac-12 Conference football campion. The Cardinal has now claimed three of a possible six conference titles over the 2012-2013 academic year (women's soccer and volleyball are other two).
Stanford has earned its fourteenth berth to the Rose Bowl, its first since 2000. The Cardinal lost in their last appearance at the Rose Bowl (17-9 to Wisconsin) and is 5-6-1 in all Rose Bowl appearances.
Both UCLA and Stanford were perfect on red zone trips, converting seven-of-seven attempts from inside the red zone.
The first three possessions of the game ended in touchdowns. UCLA scored on its first two series, Stanford on its opening possession.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan was named the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Player of the Game, going 16-22 for 155 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries for an additional touchdown.
Ed Reynolds reached his Conference-high sixth interception (tied for fifth in FBS) in the second-quarter after returning the pick for eighty yards, making his total of NCAA-leading interception return yards to 301. He is currently one yard short of the NCAA record for interception return yards in a season. Charles Phillips of USC set the record in 1974 with 302 yards.
Reynolds' interception marked the 23rd straight game Stanford's defense has recorded a takeaway, tied for the third longest streak in the FBS.
Running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for ten yards at the end of the second quarter and became Stanford's all-time career rusher, bringing his four year total to 4,175 yards. The previous record was set by Darrin Nelson in 1981.
Stanford scored four times on its opening drive this season, twice against UCLA.
The Cardinal's opening drive spanned eleven plays, its 15th scoring drive of ten or more plays in the season.
Stanford allowed only twenty points in the first quarter through the first twelve games of the season (two touchdowns, two field goals). One of those touchdowns was made last week by UCLA.