SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Hogan saw what Washington State was trying to do, pushing its defense closer to the line of scrimmage and daring Stanford to try and go over the top.
Hogan and the Cardinal were more than happy to pick apart the Cougars defense by going deep.
“Oh, it’s a lot of fun. Definitely,” Hogan said.
Hogan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 5 Stanford won its 12th straight with a 55-17 rout of the Cougars on Saturday night.
Hogan connected with Devon Cajuste on touchdowns of 57 and 33 yards in the first half then found Michael Rector on a 45-yard TD during a third-quarter blitz where the Cardinal scored 21 points as part of a stretch where they ran just two offensive plays.
Jordan Richards and Trent Murphy both returned interceptions 30 yards for touchdowns 2:04 apart in the third quarter as the Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) quickly turned a 17-3 halftime advantage into a 38-3 lead. Richards stepped in front of a pass that floated toward the sideline, while Murphy jumped and stole a screen pass at the line of scrimmage.
It was the second time Murphy had an interception return for a touchdown at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, pulling it off last season against Washington. Stanford also finished with two sacks and forced Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday to leave in the second half.
“We played top down trying not to give up the big pass and we rushed the passer,” Stanford coach David 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.”
Hogan finished 16 of 25 passing with his only mistake being a second-quarter pass into the end zone that floated and was intercepted. Hogan was replaced early in the fourth quarter, but Stanford kept scoring. Remound Wright added a 53-yard TD run and Barry Saunders scored on a 22-yard run, the first touchdown of his career.
Stanford finished with 560 total yards.
CAL’S GOFF HAS GRIP TROUBLE IN LOSS TO NO. 2 DUCKS: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — California quarterback Jared Goff literally couldn’t get a grip against No. 2 Oregon.
A driving rain spoiled the promising freshman’s first road game and thwarted Cal’s new “Bear Raid” offense under coach Sonny Dykes, leaving the Golden Bears with a 55-16 loss on Saturday night.
Goff went into the game as the national leader with an average of 435.3 yards passing a game. He completed just 3 of 6 passes for 11 yards in the first quarter before he was replaced with backup Zach Kline.
“I was just having trouble gripping the wet ball and they made a decision to put Zach in and it was probably the best decision,” Goff said. “He came in and did his thing.”
Kline completed 18 of 37 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Bears (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12)
The ball was slipping out of (Goff’s) hand. We’re not quite sure why but it was,” Dykes said. “So we felt like were having a hard time getting anything done. Couldn’t throw it at all. We needed to make a change and it felt like it gave us a better chance to move the football and score some points.”
SACRAMENTO STATE ROLLS PAST WEBER STATE 31-3: OGDEN, Utah (AP) — DeAndre Carter caught three of Garrett Safron’s four touchdown passes as Sacramento State coasted to a 31-3 win over Weber State in a Big Sky Conference opener Saturday night.
The Hornets (2-3, 1-0 Big Sky) jumped ahead late in the second quarter as Safron threw a 15-yard touchdown to Carter with just over a minute remaining, then recovered a punt at the 15 and Safron found Carter again to take a 14-0 halftime lead.
Sacramento State pulled away in the third quarter as Safron connected with Chris Broadnax for a 16-yard touchdown.
The Wildcats (1-4, 0-1) responded with a field goal, but Safron answered, hitting Carter with a 51-yard scoring strike.
Safron was 25-of-31 with 288 yards and an interception and Carter finished with eight catches for 148 yards.
The victory was the Hornets’ first in Ogden as they had loss their previous eight games at Weber State.
UC-DAVIS HOLDS ON FOR 30-13 WIN OVER IDAHO STATE: DAVIS (AP) — Randy Wright threw for 201 yards and Gabe Manzanares rushed for a career-high 208 yards to lead UC-Davis to it’s first win of the season, a 30-13 Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State Saturday night.
Brady Stuart had field goals of 34, 36 and 20 yards to give UC-Davis (1-4, 1-0 Big Sky) the early lead.
The Aggies had to hold on for the win as Justin Arias, who threw for 214 yards, led Idaho State (2-2, 0-1) back in the fourth quarter. The Bengals, trailing 16-0 as the final quarter began, scored 13 unanswered points. Arias completed a touchdown pass to Luke Austin and Brendon Garcia added two 24-yard field goals to make the score 16-13 with over seven minutes remaining.
Wright then led the Aggies 74 yards in seven plays, culminating with an 8-yard scoring pass to Dalton Turay to extend the lead to 23-13.