Stanford big challenge for Beavers, even if Hogan can't play
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Even if Stanford doesn't have Kevin Hogan, Oregon State still faces a considerable challenge in the No. 21 Cardinal on Friday night.
Hogan injured his left ankle in Stanford's upset victory over USC last weekend and he's likely a game-time decision against the Beavers.
He shouldn't be counted out. Hurt in the second half against the Trojans, he gritted out the win. The senior quarterback completed 18 of 23 passes for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors.
Oregon State coach Gary Andersen admired Hogan's toughness in the victory, adding that he fully expects him to play on Friday night.
''He's a well-rounded, experienced guy with some very talented kids around him. He's in tremendous command of that offense, also,'' Andersen said. ''There's not a lot of things he hasn't seen and there's not a lot of offense that's gonna be called where he's not going to be very comfortable, obviously, producing.''
Hogan is now tied for fourth in school history at 53 career touchdown passes, joining some illustrious company. Andrew Luck is the Cardinal all-time leader with 82, breaking John Elway's mark of 77.
The Beavers, in the first season under Andersen, have freshman Seth Collins at quarterback.
Collins threw for 135 yards and a score in Oregon State's 35-21 victory over San Jose State last weekend. But he did the most damage with his feet, running for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Collins is the sixth-ranked rusher in the Pac-12 with an average of 98 yards a game.
''Another quarterback in our league who is tough to prepare for. He does so many things. He can make throws,'' Stanford coach David Shaw said. ''They are still growing as an offense. They give you a variety of looks. They keep you on your toes.''
Some other things to know when the Cardinal (2-1) visit the Beavers (2-1) at Reser Stadium:
HISTORY: Stanford leads the all-time series 53-25-3 and has won the last five straight and six of the last seven. On a side note, Hogan made his first-ever start for Stanford against the Beavers in 2012, passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-23 comeback win.
THE BACKUPS: Waiting in the wings at quarterback for Stanford are Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst, the son of San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst. Burns appeared in two games last year and completed his only pass attempt, while Chryst played in one game and completed a pass for 20 yards.
''I have no idea if Kevin will play or not but I feel confident with the No. 2 and No. 3 string guys,'' Cardinal sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey said. ''You always prepare like you're a starter.''
FAMILY TIES: Stanford sophomore linebacker Joey Alfieri's parents attended Oregon State. Father Phil was a four-year lettermen as a defensive end for the Beavers (1983-88) and mother Kelly (1984-88) still owns the fifth-fastest 400 hurdles time in school history.
UPSET-MINDED: The Beavers have been known to pull off big upsets at home, dating back to the 1967 Giant Killers who took down the top-ranked, O.J. Simpson-led Trojans. In the Mike Riley era, the Beavers upset third-ranked USC in 2006, then beat the top-ranked Trojans again in 2008. In 2012, Oregon State beat No. 13 Wisconsin 10-7 at home, and last year the Beavers knocked off No. 7 Arizona State 35-27 at Reser.
QUOTABLE: ''We haven't earned the right to be overconfident. We've only played one good game from start to finish. We have to back that up with another good football game on the road in a raucous environment. It's not going to be a cake walk. Every game we've played up there has been tight and decided late.'' -- Stanford coach David Shaw.
Rick Eymer in Palo Alto, California, contributed to this report.
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