No. 16 Stanford knocks off Oregon State 27-23

No. 16 Stanford knocks off Oregon State 27-23
November 10, 2012, 6:29 pm
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Stanford fullback Ryan Hewitt, left, celebrates with tight ends Zach Ertz (86) and Levine Toilolo after scoring on a 12-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) 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.

Cody Vaz fumbled late in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinal (8-2, 6-1) the ball at the Beavers 29. The only Oregon State (7-2, 5-2) turnover turned out to be the difference.

Hogan hit tight end Zach Ertz for a 13-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score and Stanford stopped the Beavers twice more. The Cardinal will head to second-ranked Oregon next week with a chance to take over sole control of the North Division and move closer to a spot in the conference championship game.