Hogan has a career night in win over Cougars

Kevin Hogan threw for a career-high 286 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Stanford routed Washington State, 55-17, on Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference football contest in front of 40,095 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

The Cardinal (2-0 in the Pac-12, 4-0 overall) returns home to face unbeaten No. 16 Washington next Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Stanford owns a 12-game winning streak.

Once Hogan found his groove, the Cougars had difficulty stopping him or the Stanford receivers, who were open all night.

"Kevin played great," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "He's not throwing it just to throw it, but he's throwing it when it's there. We didn't hit all of them but we hit more than we missed."

Devon Cajuste caught touchdown passes of 57 and 33 yards, and finished with 115 yards on four receptions. Michael Rector caught two passes for 93 yards, including a 48-yard scoring toss. Ty Montgomery set up a lot of scores with six catches for 54 yards.

''It was the first time for me a guy has dove at my legs and I was able to keep running and it was almost surreal that I was able to get into the end zone,'' Cajuste said. ''It was a really exhilarating moment for me.''

Washington State had not allowed a touchdown pass through its first four games.

Remound Wright, who participated in a handful of plays in the fourth quarter, led Stanford with 56 rushing yards, 53 coming on a touchdown run.

Barry J. Sanders touched the ball a few times, including one that went 22 yards for a rushing touchdown, his first as a college player. He also caught a pass for 16 yards. Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson combined for 103 yards.

The Cardinal rushed for 238 yards and passed for 322 yards (on 17 of 28 passing) for a total of 560 offensive yards. The Stanford defense maintained pressure on Washington State, which attempted 65 passes for its 322 yards and had 373 yards total.

''We played top down trying not to give up the big pass and we rushed the passer,'' Shaw said. ''We knew it was coming out quick and they did a good job early, but if we could make them hold the ball we knew we were going to have a chance to get after them. We got to the quarterback a bunch.''

Trent Murphy knocked Cougars' starting quarterback Connor Halliday out of the game with a jolting hit that led to Jordan Richards' 30-yard interception return for a touchdown. Murphy intercepted an Austin Apodaca pass and returned it 30 yards for another touchdown.

The interceptions extended Stanford's streak of at least one takeaway to 28 games, the second-longest current active streak.

Jordan Williamson added a pair of field goals and six of the seven extra points to complete the scoring. Conrad Ukropina was successful on his first career PAT try.

"We played a good 60 minutes, we didn't play perfectly, but we played hard and stayed aggressive," Shaw said.

Stanford played without All-America left guard David Yankey, who was away from the team due to a family issue, and free safety Ed Reynolds was suspended for the first half after he was ejected last week against Arizona State for targeting.

Yankey was expected to rejoin the team on Sunday.

Alex Carter led the team with a career-high eight tackles.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Linda
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Please note it is Barry J. Sanders. He is NOT a junior.

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Posted by Darren L. Widehouse, Jr.
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I do hope you're not suggesting being called Jr. is something shameful.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm


Absolutely not. There is nothing shameful about being called junior if you are the namesake of your parent or grandparent. However, Barry has specifically asked to be known as Barry J. Sanders. He has a different middle name from his father and would like to be know as "Barry J." and not Barry Sanders Junior.

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