Hogan’s late TD gives Stanford to 20-13 win
SEATTLE — David Shaw provided a scathing assessment of Stanford’s offense. Fortunately for the coach and the Cardinal, the public criticism came after a win.
Kevin Hogan ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:29 remaining, and No. 16 Stanford used its stingy defense and a poorly timed fake punt by Washington to post a 20-13 win on Saturday.
Stanford (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) made just enough mistakes to let the Huskies linger into the fourth quarter despite the Cardinal dominating statistically. But Stanford capitalized on Washington coach Chris Petersen’s risky and ultimately unsuccessful decision to run a fake punt at the Huskies 47 midway through the fourth quarter.
Six plays later, Hogan scored and the Cardinal had passed their first road test of the season. Now they can turn their attention to next week’s showdown at Notre Dame.
“I think we are so much better than we are playing, and the point I got across to the team is it doesn’t matter how good we are, it matters how well we play,” Shaw said. “And right now, when you look at us right now we’re a semi-efficient, sloppy offense and that’s not one thing we’ve ever been known for and it’s one thing we better not be known from here on out this season.”
Six times the Cardinal drove inside the Washington 30, but a missed field goal and fumble by Hogan never let Stanford pull away. The Cardinal committed three turnovers, including Remound Wright’s fumble late in the second quarter that Shaq Thompson returned 32 yards for a touchdown to pull the Huskies (4-1, 0-1) even at 13.
Hogan was 17-for-26 passing for 178 yards and added 53 yards rushing. Ty Montgomery had a 62-yard kickoff return to start the game and also added a 17-yard TD reception, bulling through three Washington defenders.
“We just have to clean some things up,” Montgomery said. “I feel like we’re a talented offense, we’re just surviving our mistakes right now.”
CAL 59, COLORADO 56 (2 OTs): At Berkeley, Calif., Jared Goff threw seven touchdown passes and California used a rare defensive stop and a 34-yard field goal in double overtime from James Langford to snap a 15-game Pac-12 losing streak.
On a day that Goff and Sefo Liufau both threw seven touchdown passes and the teams combined for more than 1,200 yards offense, it ended up being defense and the kicker that won the game for the Golden Bears (3-1, 1-1).
Colorado (2-3, 0-2) could not punch it in after having first-and-goal from the 2 to open the second overtime, as Cal stopped four straight running plays capped by Jalen Jefferson knocking Liufau for a 3-yard loss on fourth down from the 1.
Cal failed to get a first down on its possession but Langford came on and calmly drilled the kick that gave the Bears their first conference win since beating Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012.
Goff finished 23 for 41 for 449 yards, hitting Bryce Treggs on a 25-yard score on the first possession of overtime.
Liufau was just as prolific, going 46 for 67 for 449 yards, including a 25-yard score to Nelson Spruce that tied the game after one overtime. Spruce finished with 19 catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
WASHINGTON ST. 28, UTAH 27: At Salt Lake City, Connor Halliday threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Vince Mayle, and Washington State overcame a 17-point halftime deficit.
Rain fell steadily throughout but Halliday heated up in the second half, throwing for 267 yards in the final two quarters and the WSU defense came up with key stops to give the Cougars (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) the victory.
On a drive they started on their own 8, Halliday connected with Mayle in full stride on his route across the middle. Mayle, who had eight receptions for 120 yards, sped untouched 81 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:58 remaining.