On October 18, 2008, more than two weeks before President Obama was elected to his first term of office, the Cardinal travelled south to the Rose Bowl and lost to UCLA, 23-20. It was only Jim Harbaugh's second year as head coach, but it was Stanford's fifth consecutive loss to the Bruins.
That game was the last time Stanford has lost to UCLA, and during the Cardinal's seven-game winning streak, much has changed. Both schools have changed coaches, both schools have seen elite quarterbacks come and go (if Brett Hundley can be considered elite), and both schools have seen two full recruiting classes arrive and depart without seeing a break in the streak.
The other interesting aspect of this recent string is that with the exception of a 27-24 Stanford win in the 2012 Pac-12 Championship, these games haven't been close. Last season's game, a 31-10 drubbing in the Rose Bowl, dashed UCLA's Pac-12 and national championship hopes and showed Stanford fans how powerful the Cardinal offense could be. That same offense will take the field on Thursday night, but they'll face a Bruin team that's changed dramatically since last November.