Luck, No. 6 Stanford return from bye to face UCLA

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Sept. 30 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

UCLA wide receiver Taylor Embree, left, hauls in a touchdown pass against Oregon State defender Anthony Watkins, right, and another Oregon State player during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

Don Ryan, Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. — Andrew Luck's beard made a comeback over the bye week when he took a couple days to be a "bum" on the couch watching football for a change.

Stanford hopes that he's now ready to pick up where he left off.

After a stellar start this season in almost every way imaginable, the sixth-ranked Cardinal return to face UCLA on Saturday night in the Pac-12 home opener. And the two programs don't appear any closer since Stanford left the Rose Bowl with a 35-0 victory last season.

The Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) trounced San Jose State, Duke and Arizona by a combined 138-27 before the break. The Bruins (2-2, 1-0) already have losses to Texas and Houston and had to squeak out wins against San Jose State and Oregon State.

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