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Hogan stars as No. 16 Cardinal knocks off 13th-rated Beavers

  • Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) passes against Oregon State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

STANFORD — Stanford coach David Shaw fought back tears. Running back Stepfan Taylor's voice trembled. Linebacker Alex Debniak's eye black smeared all over his face.

In the home locker room at Stanford Stadium late Saturday afternoon, these were not the looks of the losers. Instead, they were the emotions from surviving Senior Day and the possibility of an intriguing opportunity ahead: a chance to host one more game this season.

And they can thank a redshirt freshman and a fortunate fumble for the chance.

Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and No. 16 Stanford overcame four turnovers to rally past No. 13 Oregon State 27-23 on Saturday and stay in control of its Pac-12 title hopes.

"They came back and made some plays to help us win the game," Shaw said. "Almost Shakespearean, to a certain degree."


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