George Frey/getty images file photo

George Frey/getty images file photo

Stanford QB Hogan looks to rebound from first career loss

Kevin Hogan is coming off his first loss as a starting quarterback since his senior year of high school in 2010.

Hogan won his first 10 games as No. 13 Stanford’s signal caller and now he’s looking to get his team back on track against No. 9 UCLA at Stanford Stadium on Saturday.

“The thing about Hogan is that he’s so competitive that things like this hurt him a little bit inside, but at the end of the day, he’s ready to move on,” center Khalil Wilkes said.

In his first four games this year, Hogan produced an average passer efficiency rating of 175.7, but then he posted a 108.5 against No. 20 Washington on Oct. 5 and a 144.3 in Stanford’s loss to Utah last Saturday. The Cardinal’s 13-game winning streak ended after he threw back-to-back incompletions from Utah’s 6-yard line.

“He has not played his best game in the last couple of games,” coach David Shaw said. “But he’s played well enough for us to be in a position to win.”

Shaw said defenses are throwing new blitzes and fronts at the Cardinal offense, which is contributing to the unit’s struggles. He also noted that his quarterback is learning on the job.

“He’s still building and growing and learning,” Shaw said. “And he’s capable of making unbelievable plays as he has — he’s going through a maturing process.”

The third-year coach said Hogan is eager to get back on the field to avenge his first college loss.

“He understands that we go back to the film, we correct what’s correctable, we learn the lessons and move on,” Shaw said.

Plugging holes: The Cardinal’s defense is running into a problem familiar to Vic Fangio and the 49ers: how to stop the run with injuries on the line.

Derek Mason’s unit surrendered 176 rushing yards to the Utes last week with starting nose tackle David Parry playing at less than 100 percent and backup Ikenna Nwafor sidelined with a leg injury. Defensive end Henry Anderson is also out with a knee injury.

Like the 49ers, the Cardinal are typically a potent run-stopping team, finishing fifth in the nation in rushing defense last year (97 yards per game) and first in the Pac-12 Conference in each of the past two seasons.

Now, Stanford needs to slow down a UCLA squad that averages 223.4 yards per game on the ground. As a result, Shaw is moving tight end Luke Kaumatule back to his natural position on the defensive line.

“We needed a spark and that’s Luke — Luke’s the human spark,” Shaw said.

Kaumatule caught three balls for 16 yards in six games at tight end this year.

College SportsKevin HoganStanfordUCLA

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

A man holds a sign at a rally to commemorate the life of George Floyd and others killed by police outside City Hall on Monday, June 1, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chauvin verdict: SF reacts after jury finds ex-officer guilty on all charges

San Franciscans were relieved Tuesday after jurors found a former Minneapolis police… Continue reading

"We are on the road to recover. We are on the road to building a stronger San Francisco. And that gives me hope for the future,” said Mayor London Breed at the news conference in Civic Center, San Francisco.  (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Main Public Library to reopen May 3

San Francisco’s Main Public Library will reopen with limited indoor service on… Continue reading

Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accomodate everyone living on the street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City would create sites for hundreds of tents under new homeless shelter proposal

Advocates say funding better spent on permanent housing

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

Roger Marenco, president of operators union TWU Local 250-A, speaks at a news conference outside the Muni Kirkland Yard announcing Muni will not be increasing fares on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s union leader encourages riders to say ‘thank you’ to their Muni operators

A conversation with Roger Marenco, president of Transport Workers Union of America, Local 250A

Most Read