SANTA CLARA — Kevin Hogan threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, Remound Wright ran for three short scores and Stanford overwhelmed Maryland 45-21 in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday night.
On a chilly, windy night in Silicon Valley, the Cardinal (8-5) blew past the Terrapins with the kind of complete performance that had eluded them most of the season. Stanford outgained Maryland 414 to 222 yards and looked right at home at Levi's Stadium, only about 11 miles from its campus.
It was the most points scored in a bowl game in Stanford history.
Maryland missed a chance for its first postseason win since 2010, when it beat East Carolina in the Military Bowl. The Terrapins (7-6) lost three of their final four games.
It was a forgettable finale for coach Randy Edsall's team. The Terps traveled about 2,800 miles to play in the $1.3 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers but never really came out of their shells.
Outgoing quarterback C.J. Brown moved the offense early, though he was sacked six times and his receivers â€” other than star Stefon Diggs â€” often struggled to create separation. Brown finished 16-for-28 passing for 214 yards and one interception. He also ran for a late touchdown.
Diggs caught 10 passes for 138 yards, Wes Brown ran for a 1-yard TD early in second quarter, and William Likely returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score in the fourth after the game had become a rout.
About the only other highlight for the Terps came in the first quarter, when Andre Monroe became Maryland's career sacks leader after bringing down Hogan. It was Monroe's 25th sack, passing Mike Corvino's mark of 24 from 1979-82.
While the sun shined across the Bay Area for the last week, the temperature dipped into the 40s at kickoff with a wind chill that made it feel like it was in the 30s â€” frosty weather by Northern California standards. The patchy field, where the 49ers' logos could easily be seen under the school names painted in each end zone, also made quick movements tricky at the sparsely filled stadium.
The Cardinal overcame the conditions â€” and the absence of top playmaker Ty Montgomery (sprained right shoulder) for the second straight game â€” to end a down season on an upbeat note.
Stanford had made a BCS bowl each of the previous four seasons, including back-to-back Pac-12 titles, before falling back in 2014 in large part because of its inefficient offense.
Not this time.
Hogan, who has yet to announce whether he'll return for his final season of eligibility, completed 14 of 20 passes. Wright tied the bowl record for touchdowns rushing and the nation's second-ranked scoring defense did the rest.
Without Montgomery on the field, nine receivers caught passes. Devon Cajuste (four receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns) and tight end Austin Hooper (five receptions for 71 yards) led the way.
Fifth-year senior Ricky Seale also ran for his first career touchdown â€” a 1-yard plunge that put Stanford up 42-7 early in the fourth â€” for a feel-good moment to cap the Cardinal's season.
Stanford's 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2011 Orange Bowl was its previous highest-scoring postseason performance.