Costello throws 5 touch­downs to lead Stan­ford over UCLA

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JOE REEDY

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.”

UCLA’s Wil­ton Speight was 29 of 47 for 466 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion and one rush­ing touch­down in his fi­nal col­le­giate game. Tight end Caleb Wil­son was his main tar­get with nine re­cep­tions for 184 yards. Or­lando at L.A. Lak­ers New York at Mem­phis Utah at Sacra­mento L.A. Clip­pers at Port­land NFL FOOT­BALL San Fran­cisco at Tampa Bay Oak­land at Bal­ti­more Pitts­burgh at Den­ver Green Bay at Min­nesota NHL HOCKEY Ana­heim at Nashville

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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.

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