Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/1/12
Hail to the Cardinal. Hail victory. Hail to the Cardinal, fight for the tree!This may not be the fight song of the Stanford Cardinal, nor the words used for Stanford; but on Friday night down on the Farm they rang true nevertheless.The Stanford Cardinal, ranked No. 8 nationally in the BCS, beat the UCLA Bruins for the second time in less than a week.With their victory in dispatching their rivals from Southern California; Stanford cemented a great season with a rosy outlook.Here are five things we learned from the Cardinal victory:1. The Stanford Cardinal are going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1999 season. With their first conference title since that 1999 season, Stanford built on its recent legacy of excellence, patience, and heart.Stanford may not be the glamorous choice for people to cheer for across the country; the locals know very well their beloved Cardinal are a program built on character and toughness - a rare trait in sports today.2. UCLA head coach Jim Mor...
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