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Stanford QB eager to respond from 1st loss

  • Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) carries the ball as Utah defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi (91) pursues during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

STANFORD — Kevin Hogan walked into Stanford quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford's office Sunday — a day off for players — to get his week started a little earlier.

After winning his first 10 starts, including the Pac-12 title game and the Rose Bowl last season, Hogan had never felt the sting he did after the Cardinal lost 27-21 at Utah on Saturday. The redshirt sophomore quarterback just didn't want to wait until Monday to begin correcting his mistakes.

"He definitely felt the loss," Sanford said. "I don't think that there's a guy that's more competitive that I've been around internally. He's his harshest critic."

As Hogan has gone the past year, so has Stanford's offense.

The quarterback sparked Stanford's surge late last season when he supplanted Josh Nunes and started this year even stronger, showing off a new deep passing game that led to four blowout victories. But Hogan has been inconsistent the last two weeks in a close win over Washington and the loss at Utah. He's looked more like a player who has been the starter for less than a calendar year than one who last season took Stanford to a place Andrew Luck never could.

Hogan will get the chance to respond from his first setback when No. 13 Stanford (5-1, 3-1) hosts No. 9 UCLA (5-0, 2-0) on Saturday in a rematch of last season's Pac-12 championship game.

"I put as much as I can on myself," Hogan said. "That's my job is to get us in the right play, get us in the right protection, make sure the guys are in the right place, make sure everybody knows what they're doing."

Hogan has thrown for 1,178 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He has completed 61.2 percent of his passes and run for 141 yards and a score.

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