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Stanford rebounds to defeat Oregon State

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan runs in for a touchdown against Oregon State during the first half. (Associated Press)
Antonio Gonzalez Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. – The Oregon-Stanford game just got a lot more interesting.

Kevin Hogan threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Ty Montgomery returned a punt for a score and Stanford’s sporadic offense busted out of a season-long slump in a 38-14 rout of Oregon State on Saturday.

The victory sets up a date with the sixth-ranked Ducks for first place in the Pac-12’s North Division.

“For the first time offensively, it felt like us,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.

The Cardinal (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) controlled the game from start to finish, showing more diverse looks that they have all season – just like Shaw had promised after a perplexing 26-10 loss at Arizona State last week took Stanford out of The Associated Press poll for the first time in four years.

Sean Mannion and the Beavers struggled to move the ball against the conference’s top-ranked defense, scoring one TD after an interception and another against second-stringers with the game decided.

The Cardinal outgained Oregon State 438 to 221 yards and dominated on both sides of the ball.

“It was one of the worst days of football that we have had in a long, long time,” Beavers coach Mike Riley said.

Stanford improved to 10-0 following a loss under Shaw. The Cardinal haven’t dropped consecutive games since October 2009.