But then came a run for one yard by Jordan James, a sack by linebacker Chase Thomas of Hundley, and a Hundley pass that fell incomplete after it was nearly intercepted.
Stanford now has the ball and just got a first down on a perfectly executed bootleg by quarterback Kevin Hogan that moved the ball near the Cardinal 40-yard line -- and UCLA is out of timeouts.
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (6:49 left in the fourth quarter)
A 36-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson has left Stanford less than seven minutes from its first trip to the Rose Bowl game in 13 years.
Stanford’s defense –- and a nifty punt return by Drew Terrell –- gave the Cardinal good field position to start the drive.
UCLA was pinned near its own end zone, taking over at the four-yard line, because of a holding penalty on the kickoff return.
And Stanford made sure the Bruins didn’t go anywhere. Two pass completions at the line of scrimmage and a run by Johnathan Franklin netted five yards.
That left Jeff Locke punting from UCLA’s end zone.
He crushed the ball 52 yards, but Terrell avoided a first wave of defenders and gained 18 yards on the return, moving the ball to the UCLA 43.
Then, on Stanford’s first offensive play, Kelsey Young ran for a 23-yard gain.
But UCLA’s defense stiffened after that, thanks in part to a holding penalty by the Cardinal.
UCLA 24, Stanford 24 (11:21 left in the fourth quarter)
Now that’s what you call a key third-down conversion.
Faced with a third-and-15 situation at UCLA’s 26-yard line, Stanford got that yardage and more.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan found Drew Terrell open in the end zone and hit him with a pass to tie the score in the Pac-12 Conference championship game.
Terrell got behind UCLA cornerback Sheldon Price.
Stanford converted on three third downs during the 10-play, 63-yard drive.
Hogan has completed 15 of 19 passes for 144 yards.
UCLA 24, Stanford 17 (end of the third quarter)
Johnathan Franklin scored on a 20-yard run with 1:04 left in the third quarter to give the Bruins the lead in the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Stanford Stadium.
The play completed a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive highlighted by quarterback Brett Hundley's clutch plays on third down.
Hundley, taking a snap under center, sneaked for one first down and then scrambled for another to keep alive the drive.
Franklin has rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in 15 carries.