Stanford routs Cal, clinches Pac-12 North crown
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Hogan threw for five touchdowns and No. 10 Stanford clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game following a 63-13 rout of the California Golden Bears.
Hogan completed 17-of-26 passes for 329 yards, Ty Montgomery had five receptions for 160 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a score. The five TDs matches a school record.
"Really it was a total team effort today. Ty couldn't have gotten the ball if the offensive line didn't give me good protection," Hogan said.
Stanford (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) clinched a share of the Pac-12 North title. That's because Oregon lost at Arizona earlier on Saturday, 42-16. The Cardinal hold the tiebreaker over the Ducks by virtue of a 26-20 win on Nov. 7.
Stanford has one regular season game left, next Saturday at home against Notre Dame. The Cardinal will play Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Sun Devils beat UCLA, 38-33, Saturday.
Jared Goff completed 10-of-19 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. Maurice Harris had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown for California (1-11, 0-9), which lost its final 10 games of the season.
"My job is to get the team ready to play. Clearly they weren't ready to play. Clearly I haven't done a very good job," Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes said.
Stanford stepped onto the field Saturday with a purpose. The Cardinal's first possession was capped by a Montgomery 31-yard touchdown run only a minute into the contest.
Goff led the Golden Bears right back when he found Harris for a 15-yard touchdown only 2:17 later.
The very next play from scrimmage for the Cardinal was a Hogan 50-yard pass caught by Montgomery for a touchdown.
After a stop, Stanford answered right back, the Cardinal drove 51 yards on seven plays. It was culminated with a Hogan touchdown pass to Montgomery for 12 yards.
The scoring in the first quarter concluded with an 11-play 83-yard drive that was capped off with a Vincenzo D'Amato 29-yard field goal.
Stanford fired right back on three plays. Once again Hogan linked up with Montgomery this time for a 72-yard touchdown and took only 26 seconds.
Hogan continued his dominance of the California secondary with a 45-yard TD strike to Michael Rector for a 35-10 cushion with eight minutes left in the half.
The Golden Bears next drive saw their second play go for 62 yards, a pass from Goff to Richard Rodgers. Combined with an unnecessary roughness penalty, the helped Cal set up a 47-yard field goal from D'Amato.
Hogan threw nine yards to Montgomery for a score in the waning seconds of the half for a 42-10 cushion.
Tyler Gaffney bushed off a 58-yard TD run in the third, Kelsey Young scored on a 27-yard rush early in the fourth, and Francis Owusu caught a 14-yard scoring toss from Evan Crower with under two minutes left in the game.
Stanford leads all-time series 59-46-11 ... Stanford has won four straight against Cal ... The Golden Bears have lost 14 consecutive conference games going back to last year ... Stanford has won 14 home games in row ... The Golden Bears are the only winless team in Pac-12 play.
11/23 22:30:21 ET