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Stanford vs. Colorado: Cardinal roll in laugher

Stanford had no trouble against the worst team in the Pac-12, steam-rolling an inept Buffaloes squad on Saturday.

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Stanford still sitting at No. 14 in new BCS Poll

Clearly the computers realized a win over the Colorado Buffaloes wasn't anything special as Stanford remains at No. 14 in Sunday's new BCS rankings.

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Kevin Hogan wins No. 1 QB job

A game against Colorado is generally a formality. The Buffs are awful. They are beyond awful. Teams are probably challenged more playing their scout team in practice than they are playing Colorado on Saturdays, so what was Stanford really going to get out of their game in Boulder besides an easy 48-0 win? How about a new quarterback?

With Josh Nunes struggling, Stanford wanted to get Kevin Hogan a look against the Buffs and once Hogan got his chance, he made the most of it. He had a marvelous game and by the time it was over, there was no doubt who would start for the Cardinal next week.

Well, Stanford has found its next QB. After sticking with Josh Nunes for eight up-and-down weeks, David Shaw vowed to give Kevin Hogan "12 to 20 snaps" against lowly Colorado. Hogan got a lot more than that, and after the redshirt freshman led the Cardinal to scores on his first six drives and completed 18 of his 23 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns, Shaw announced that he will start next week at Oregon State.

Duh.

Nunes started the game 3-for-5 for just 23 yards, so he didn't make an especially strong case to keep the job and Hogan did everything in his power to take it away from the junior. Now the job is Hogan's.

Next week will be a whole different animal for the freshman, though. Colorado is, well, Colorado, and next week, the Cardinal take on No. 13 Oregon St. Of course, that is followed up by a trip to Eugene for a clash with No. 2 Oregon. Hogan won the job with a great performance, but the real tests are still in front of him.

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Stanford vs. Colorado final: Cardinal win 48-0

The Stanford Cardinal defense put on a dominating performance and Kevin Hogan aced his quarterback audition as Stanford rolled the Colorado Buffaloes, 48-0. Colorado did not cross midfield until five minutes into the fourth quarter.

Stanford held Colorado to 76 total net yards, six first downs, sacked the Buffalo quarterback seven times and collected two turnovers. Out of 12 total drives, Colorado had only four go for more than three plays, and never advanced more than 25 yards down the field.

Josh Nunes played the first quarter for Stanford, going 3 for 5 for 23 yards. Hogan took over for the second and took the Cardinal offense to four touchdowns on his first four drives. Brett Nottingham was the third quarterback to play for Stanford, going 3 for 5 for 16 yards. Stepfan Taylor and Jamal-Rashad Patterson both had a hand in the run game, with Taylor picking up 43 yards and two touchdowns and Patterson adding another 42 yards.

Box Score Hero: Hogan had quite a day. The freshman finished the day having completed 18 of 23 attempts for 184 yards with two touchdowns, and another 48 yards on seven runs. Levine Toilolo had 59 yards on three receptions, and Zach Ertz had six catches for 41 yards. Each man had a touchdown.

Rankings Ramifications: Stanford, ranked No. 14 going into the game, is likely to see a boost in the rankings after such a dominant game.

But Did They Cover? At -28, Stanford had the spread covered by the second quarter.

For More On This Game:

For more on Cardinal football, visit Stanford blog Rule Of Tree, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Bay Area.

For more on Buffs football, visit Colorado blog The Ralphie Report, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Denver.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford will host the Oregon St. Beavers at home, while Colorado will head on the road to face the Arizona Wildcats.

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This story was originally published on SB Nation.com.

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Cardinal rolling in Colorado, leads 45-0

The Stanford Cardinal continued beating up the Colorado Buffaloes, scoring 10 points in the third quarter to take a 45-0 lead. Stanford did not punt for six consecutive drives over nearly 32 minutes of football, collecting three rushing touchdowns, a field goal, and two touchdowns through the air.

Kevin Hogan continues to look good at the helm of the Stanford offense. He's 18-for-23 for 184 yards through the air with two touchdowns, and has another 48 yards on seven runs. Stepfan Taylor is next in the run game with 10 runs for 43 yards with two touchdowns, and last-second tackles from Buffalo defenders are the only thing that have prevented him from collecting another two.

Though the offense is piling up the points, it's on defense that Stanford is really shining. They've held Colorado to 40 net yards through three quarters, including negative-5 rushing yards. Jordan Webb was replaced by Nick Hirschman after going 4 for 10 for 19 yards, but Hirschman didn't fare much better, going 4 for 6 for 12 yards. That brought in third-string sophomore Connor Wood, who connected for a 14-yard strike that was Colorado's longest play of the day.

With 15 minutes left to play, the Cardinal looks to be in firm control and on their way to a 7-2, 5-1 Pac-12 record.

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Stanford leading Colorado, 35-0

The Stanford Cardinal defense is having their way with Colorado, holding them to 21 net total yards in the first half as Stanford leads, 35-0. The Buffaloes are just 6-of-12 through the air and have negative-two net rushing yards, despite having possessed the ball for a majority of the first half.

If Kevin Hogan is auditioning for a starting job, he couldn't have put in a better half. He looks comfortable in the Stanford offense and has connected on 11-of-15 attempts for 111 yards, and rushed for another 24. The redshirt freshman has been on the field for four drives, all of which went for a Stanford touchdown.

Stepfan Taylor leads the team on the ground with 43 yards and two touchdowns. He very nearly had two more, but was pushed out of bounds at the 2-yard line on one drive, and tackled just before the goal line on another. Jamal-Rashad Patterson adds another 42 yards.

The Stanford defense has been making themselves at home in the Colorado backfield, picking up five sacks in the half, two of which have gone to Henry Anderson.

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Stanford leads Colorado 14-0 in second quarter

The Stanford Cardinal entered Saturday's game against Colorado as the heavy favorites. About 17 minutes into action, Stanford already holds a 14-0 lead over the last-place Buffaloes.

Ed Reynolds picked off a pass from Jordan Webb and returned it 48 yards to give the Cardinal an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. On the third play of the second quarter, tailback Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 26 yards to reach the end zone and give his team a 14-0 lead. Colorado then got the ball back, but they went three-and-out and are about to punt yet again.

Josh Nunes has made a couple of impressive throws early. True freshman Kevin Hogan saw a few snaps early in the game like coach David Shaw said he would, and he completed his lone pass for seven yards.

It's tough to imagine Stanford not making this game a blowout by the time the second half rolls along. You can catch all of the action on FX.

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Stanford Vs. Colorado: Game time, odds and more

The Stanford Cardinal are back on the road this week, traveling to Colorado to face the Buffaloes.

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Kevin Hogan to see more snaps with Cardinal

Stanford could make a few changes with the way they use their quarterbacks.

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Stanford favored by four touchdowns

The Stanford Cardinal are overwhelming favorites to beat the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday.

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