Here is the opening to my column about Stanford winning the Pac-12 title:


There was something redundant about the Pac-12 championship game. Stanford defeated UCLA for the second time in six days, which proves the Cardinal are better than the Bruins. It is not clear if they will play each other next week.

The prize for beating the plucky Bruins, 27-24, is a trip to the Rose Bowl, the Cardinals’ first trip to the Promised Land since 2000. All of this makes you think the Bruins are a bunch of stooges. But that wasn’t the case. They played beautifully and made the Cardinal sweat. UCLA showed no respect for Stanford’s passing game. The Bruins loaded the box to stop Stepfan Taylor’s running, and dared quarterback Kevin Hogan to throw. For most of the game, Hogan wasn’t a good thrower, and that meant the Stanford run game was no big deal. In my notebook I wrote, “Hogan vanished.”

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  1. Dennis

    It was a great game. It looked to me like UCLA out played Standford most of the game. Just two great plays turned the game in Stanford’s favor. The interception in the first half and the touchdown pass you talked about in the fourth quarter. Without either of those plays Standford loses.

    December 1st, 2012 8:43 am

  2. Jason

    Lowell – I know you’ve said that you don’t have a rooting interest in local teams to maintain your objectivity, but do have any emotional attachments to Stanford, the school you attended?

    December 1st, 2012 10:42 am

  3. CohnZohn

    Jason, yes, I have a strong emotional attachment to Stanford — not to the teams, but to the school. I was an undergraduate at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. It was an OK school, not great. When I came to Stanford in 1966 the whole world opened up to me. The professors in the English Dept and the graduate students — 35 in my year — were brilliant and I learned so much and I began slowly to come into my manhood in Palo Alto.

    December 1st, 2012 10:47 am


    He made a QB change late in the season?
    Is that a good idea?

    December 1st, 2012 11:15 am

  5. Dave T

    Congrats to the Cardinal, they certainly earned it, having gone on the road to beat both Oregon and UCLA this season. I am glad they won, because had they lost UCLA would be in the BCS Rose Bowl, and Stanford left out in the cold, while Oregon likely goes to another BCS game because they would have been rated higher, in the top 8 BCS something or other. Yet another flaw in the fatally flawed BCS system. To me, if you play in your conferece title game, and still fall in the top 16 BCS rankings, and you beat during a head to head match-up a team that did not make the conference title game, you should be the next in line choice. But hey, that’s just me.
    Congrats again the the Cardinal and their staff and players. They do it right, with class and integrity. I tip my cap to them.

    December 1st, 2012 11:29 am

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