Costello throws 5 touchdowns to lead Stanford over UCLA
Stanford coach David Shaw is the first to admit that he hasn’t been comfortable with his team all season. But as long as they keep winning, it doesn’t matter to him.
The Cardinal once again got big plays from their passing game as they rallied for a 49-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Stanford had nine pass plays of 15 or more yards with four resulting in touchdowns. K.J. Costello completed 23 of 37 for 344 yards and a career high five touchdowns as they extended their winning streak over the Bruins to 11 games.
“I’ve learned a lot this year. Apparently my comfort level doesn’t matter,” Shaw said. “We’ve been an enigma but the one thing that has been consistent are the big plays in our passing game. Hopefully they continue to happen and we'll grow in the running game.”
The Cardinal (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) trailed 42-41 midway through the fourth quarter when the junior threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Osiris St. Brown. Bryce Love ran it in for the two-point conversion to put them up by a touchdown.
UCLA (3-9, 3-6) drove to the Stanford 43 with under a minute remaining before turning it over on downs.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside – who had seven receptions for 106 yards – caught three touchdowns. He has 14, which ties the school’s single-season record first set by James Lofton in 1978. Trenton Irvin (seven receptions, 103 yards) also had a touchdown while Love rushed for 85 yards on 22 carries with a TD.
“Really you pick your poison out there,” said Costello about the options on offense. “We take what the defense gives us and we did that real well today.”
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Stanford wide receiver Trenton Irwin catches a pass for a touchdown against UCLA during the first half Saturday. The Cardinal rallied for a 49-42 victory over the Bruins.