Stanford freshman QB Hogan will likely be challenged vs. Oregon State

Getty Images File PhotoMultitalented: Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan showed his strength and elusiveness in last week’s

Kevin Hogan’s performance against Colorado was impressive and encouraging, but what he does in Saturday’s game against Oregon State at Stanford Stadium will be far more indicative of his current capabilities and much more significant for No. 13 Stanford.

It’s one thing to lead scoring drives on your first six possessions (including five for touchdowns) while going 18-for-23 against a Colorado team that is 1-8.

In that game, there was very little pressure on Hogan, who entered the game on the third series with very little expected of him.

But it’s another thing for a redshirt freshman like Hogan to have similar success against a team like No. 16 Oregon State.

This time he will be making his first collegiate start against an Oregon State team that is 7-1, is No. 11 in this week’s BCS standings (three spots ahead of Stanford), and ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, yielding just 18.1 points a game.

And Hogan may not have a running game to help either, because the Beavers rank fifth in the country in run defense, not far behind Stanford.

The Colorado game gave hints that Hogan can provide the type of productive offense that had been lacking all season under Josh Nunes. Hogan’s decisiveness, strength, mobility, versatility and passing accuracy all seemed to give Stanford a better offensive rhythm.

But what happens when he faces a defense like Oregon State’s, which has game-planned specifically for Hogan?  What happens if he has to play from behind?

This is a critical spot for an inexperienced quarterback given the Cardinal’s situation.

Stanford faces three ranked teams — Oregon State, No. 2 Oregon and No. 17 UCLA, the latter two on the road — to end the regular season, and the Cardinal needs to win all three to get to where it wants to go, which is the Pac-12 title game and a chance to get to the Rose Bowl.

collegeCollege SportssportsStanford

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Anti-eviction demonstrators rally outside San Francisco Superior Court. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Report: Unpaid rent due to COVID-19 could be up to $32.7M per month

A new city report that attempts to quantify how much rent has… Continue reading

Music venues around The City have largely been unable to reopen due to ongoing pandemic health orders. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF to cut $2.5M in fees to help 300 nightlife venues

San Francisco will cut $2.5 million in fees for hundreds of entertainment… Continue reading

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett departs the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump nominated Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after Ginsburg’s death. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
GOP senators confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court in partisan vote

By Jennifer Haberkorn Los Angeles Times The Senate on Monday confirmed Judge… Continue reading

Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Bay Area artists jam-pack vivid ‘de Young Open’

Huge exhibition — with works for sale — showcases diversity, supports community

SF Board of Education vice president Gabriela Lopez and commissioner Alison Collins listen at a news conference condemning recent racist and social media attacks targeted at them and the two student representatives on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Online attacks on school board members denounced by city officials

City officials on Monday condemned the targeting of school board members, both… Continue reading

Most Read