STANFORD — Richard Sherman shoved the good news right in David Shaw's face.
When the former Stanford star tapped the coach on the shoulder in the fourth quarter, Shaw could not avoid seeing the Oregon score on Sherman's phone — right in front of his face.
Sure, neither the Ducks nor Stanford were done for the day, yet Shaw's team suddenly held some Pac-12 momentum again. Not long after that moment, the 10th-ranked Cardinal had secured their return trip to the conference title game with a 63-13 blowout of Cal in the Big Game and Oregon's loss Saturday.
“It wasn't final,” Shaw said of the sideline move by Seahawks cornerback Sherman, on his NFL bye week. “He knew I didn't want to see it.”
Ty Montgomery matched a Stanford school record with five touchdowns, scoring the first four times he touched the ball, and Stanford jumped to a quick lead and kept pounding.
Afterward, Stanford's players cheered wildly in their victorious locker room, even belting out the national anthem at the top of their lungs.
“We celebrate all victories, and this one's a big one,” quarterback Kevin Hogan said.
Hogan threw four of his five scoring passes to Montgomery, including a 9-yard completion just before halftime that put Stanford ahead 42-13. The Cardinal (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) bounced back from last week's loss at USC but needed No. 5 Oregon to lose one of its final two games to win the Pac-12 North. The Ducks lost 42-16 in Tucson, and Stanford's fans led chants of “Arizona! Arizona!”
Stanford beat Oregon, giving the Cardinal the tiebreaker.
Hogan set career highs with 329 yards passing and the five TD passes.
Cal (1-11, 0-9) lost its 10th straight to finish coach Sonny Dykes' disappointing debut year.