Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan impressive in first career start

By Michael Amato


Ed Szczepanski – US Presswire

Kevin Hogan made his first collegiate start and did not disappoint the Stanford Cardinal faithful. Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-23 victory over the Oregon State Beavers.

It was a pretty impressive debut for Hogan considering he was playing a team ranked three spots ahead of him in the top-25, and the game was nationally televised. Stanford jumped out to a quick 14 point lead, and their defense’s play in the red zone was another big reason the Cardinal came away with a victory. Stanford forced three Oregon State field goals, as opposed to giving up touchdowns. Trading three points for seven is something a defense will take any day, and really made a difference in a tight ball game like this.

While Hogan did have a strong performance, there are still some things he needs to improve on. He threw two interceptions that could have cost his team. In fact, the Cardinal lost the turnover battle 4-1 and still came away with a win. Something that doesn’t happen very often, but the Beavers were only able to score three points off the turnovers.

Hogan, however, did an excellent job of shaking off mistakes and leading his team to a comeback victory. Stanford trailed by nine late in the third quarter, but Hogan rallied the team to 14 unanswered points. He was a solid 22-of-29 passing and overall looked fairly comfortable in the pocket.

With the win Stanford remains in control of its own destiny in the Pac-12.

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