Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Catch? More like an acrobatic stunt. "Unbelievable," said his quarterback, who was speaking only from the view he got in real time because he hadnt seen the replays yet. "He just went up and made a play. I cant wait to see it," Kevin Hogan said. Whitfields one-handed, 30-yard touchdown catch between two defenders helped No. 13 Stanford top previously unbeaten UCLA 24-10 on Saturday to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time in four years. The catch gave Stanford a 10-3 lead in the third quarter after a punt-filled first half. Hogan shouldnt have a hard time finding a replay of it -- long before the game was over, an Internet search produced many websites that already had video and animated GIFs of the catch. Whitfield -- with Ishmael Adams draped on his back -- leapt in the end zone to grab the ball with his right hand, cradling it into his body as he fell for the touchdown. The catch was so good -- Whitfield was turned sideways, the right side of his body facing the goal line -- that another UCLA corner streaked in behind him with his arms outstretched, expecting an interception. All Anthony Jefferson found was air, though, as Stanford (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) took the lead. "Im always expecting him to go up and get it," Hogan said of Whitfield, a 6- foot-2 sophomore. "He goes up and gets those balls when theyre in the air. I just try to take a little air out of it and give him a chance, and he just did the rest." "Just a phenomenal play," said Stanford coach David Shaw. "God bless Kodi. Every time weve given him an opportunity, hes made a play." The Cardinal had a 13-game winning streak snapped in a 27-21 loss at Utah last week and faced the possibility of two straight defeats for the first time since losses to Oregon State and Arizona in October 2009. Instead, they celebrated homecoming with their 13th straight home win. Ninth-ranked UCLA -- trying to go 6-0 for the first time in eight years -- suffered its sixth loss in a row to Stanford, including two within a seven-day span last season. The Bruins (5-1, 2-1) got the ball back after a missed Stanford field goal in the fourth quarter, but punted. After a Cardinal punt, quarterback Brett Hundley was intercepted for the second time by Jordan Richards. Tyler Gaffney then ran for a 4-yard touchdown to give Stanford its 24-10 lead. Gaffney rushed for 171 yards and a pair of scores and Hogan passed for 227 yards with an interception in the win. Hundley threw for 192 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to Shaquelle Evans. Malcolm Jones was UCLAs leading rusher with 30 yards on five carries. Things wont get any easier for the Bruins, who havent gone 6-0 since they started 8-0 in 2005. They go on the road to play No. 2 Oregon next Saturday. Stanford beat UCLA twice in seven days last season, including a 27-24 win in the Pac-12 Championship Game to secure a spot in the Rose Bowl. UCLA hasnt won a game in the series since 2008. After Whitfields catch, Richards intercepted Hundley and took it down the right sideline for an apparent touchdown that was called back because of a holding penalty. Stanford scored anyway on Gaffneys 1-yard run for a 17-3 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter. UCLA came back with a 75-yard drive and Hundley found Evans in the front of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass that got the Bruins within 17-10 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Backup Stanford kicker Conrad Ukropina missed a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Starter Jordan Williamson, who kicked the game-winning field goal in last seasons Pac-12 title game, was out with an injury. Earlier, Ukropinas 31-yard field goal gave Stanford a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter and came amid nine combined punts in the half. The only other drive that didnt end in a punt was the last one, when UCLA corner Ishmael Adams intercepted Hogan. The Bruins tied the game at 3-3 on Kaimi Fairbairns 38-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half. Game Notes Stanford is away at Oregon State next week then home against Oregon on Nov. 7 after a bye ... Cardinal tight end Devon Cajuste had seven catches for 109 yards but left the game in the second half with a knee injury. China Jerseys
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Were leaving earlier because we had an early workout." La Russa said. "They wanted to pack for their families. If anybody had said, We need to talk to Albert, he would have stayed. ... I heard the criticism, and it offends me." Out on the field, Pujols told reporters he was in the clubhouse kitchen for 20 minutes, then left because no one from the Cardinals media staff asked him to come out. "I dont think thats fair because I was an hour-and-a-half the day before and 20 minutes last night and nobody came looking for me and I left. Now everybody wants to say I didnt want to talk with the press. Thats just not realistic," Pujols said. He did take responsibility for the on-field error. "Obviously, I took my eyes off the ball and I missed it," he told reporters. Pujols and the Cardinals will try to pull ahead Saturday night in Game 3. This is the third World Series for the tall, bald and muscular slugger, a three-time NL MVP. He hit .333 with no RBIs as the Cardinals were swept by Boston in 2004, the batted .200 with a two-run homer to help St. Louis defeat Detroit in five games in 2006. So far against the Rangers, he is 0 for 6 with an intentional walk and a hit by pitch, hitting three flyouts, one infield lineout and two groundouts. Trying to treat this stretch the same as the regular season, he was cheerful as he bantered with teammates while changing into a black tank top under a white dress shirt and a pinstriped suit before leaving the ballpark. "Its not frustrating. Its just part of the game. You cant get frustrated," he said. "Its just the same game. Obviously, youve got a little bit more people, but its the same game. You cant be putting pressure on yourself. You know how to play the game.dddddddddddd Youve just got to go out there and execute." Pujols hit .350 with one RBI in the division series against Philadelphia and .478 with two homers and nine RBIs in the league championship series against Milwaukee. Three months shy of his 32nd birthday, Pujols is about to become a free agent after completing the $16-million option year that followed a $100 million, seven-year contract. When talks with the Cardinals broke off in February, La Russa said he thought Pujols felt pressure from the players association to "set the bar" and top Alex Rodriguezs $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees. Pujols is being represented by Dan Lozano, who broke off last year from his former colleagues at the Beverly Hills Sports Council. While Cardinals fans gave Pujols a standing ovation during the NLCS, thinking it was possibly his last home appearance, it appears his preference is to stay with the Cardinals if the teams offer is competitive, putting him in line to become a longterm team icon alongside Stan Musial. One day, his statue could be alongside Stan the Mans bronze image outside the ballpark. After hitting .300 or better and topping 100 RBIs in his first 10 big league seasons, Pujols fell just short this year with a .299 average and 99 RBIs. He hit 37 home runs, surpassing 30 for the 11th straight year, and his importance to the Cardinals cannot be overstated. "Its all based on experience and maturity," La Russa said. "Hes so smart that all the experience just keeps feeding into some of these plays that he makes or at-bats that he takes. I think just every way you look at it, personally and professionally, hes better than ever." And hes feared by pitchers, whether hes driving in runs or just threatening to. When Texas challenges him, it appears to be with soft stuff on the outside part of the plate. "Sometimes weve been pitching around him," said Matt Harrison, the Rangers Game 3 starter. "With him and any of the guys in the middle of the lineup, you have to be aggressive with them. You have to get ahead of those guys. You fall behind 2-0, 3-1, youre in fastball counts with them, and guys like that arent going to miss fastballs, it doesnt matter how hard you throw." For reliever Darren Oliver, its the batters ahead of Pujols who are key. "Hopefully, when you face him, theres nobody on base," the lefty said. "I throw everything but the kitchen sink at him, try to get him out anyway you can. fortunately, theres only so many Albert Pujolses in the league, so thats good." ' ' '