A 51-yard field-goal attempt by Ka’imi Fairbairn fell short and wide left.
The kick was attempted with 39 seconds left in an interesting choice by UCLA Coach Jim Mora.
The Bruins, who were out of timeouts, faced a fourth-and-five situation from the Stanford 34, and they tried the field goal instead of going for a first down and the chance for a few more plays.
Fairbairn, a freshman kicking on a wet field, had one field goal of longer than 35 yards on his college resume -- a 48-yarder against Stanford last Saturday.
UCLA took over at its own 19 with 2:18 on the clock.
The Bruins’ drive was extended when Brett Hundley connected with tight end Joseph Fauria for a 17-yard gain on a fourth-and-seven play.
But two plays later, the Bruins faced another key play –- third and six -- and Hundley’s swing pass in the flat was dropped by Johnathan Franklin.
That brought on Fairbairn.
Stanford had a first down at its own 39-yard line with less than four minutes remaining in the game and UCLA without a timeout.
But UCLA’s defense has given the Bruins a final chance.
Two runs by Stepfan Taylor gained only a yard and a third-down pass by Kevin Hogan fell incomplete.
Stanford was forced to punt and UCLA has the ball at its own 19.
This is like a good boxing match.
One team goes ahead, the other team comes back.
One team moves the ball, the other team’s defense stiffens.
UCLA couldn’t score on its latest possession after Stanford’s go-ahead field goal.
The Bruins' first three plays went for first downs: Brett Hundley ran for 12 yards, Johnathan Franklin ran for gains of 11 and then 14 yards.