Pac-12 quarterback power rankings: Hogan delivers a storybook ending


It's time to look at the top quarterback performers after another week of Pac-12 play. We'll revisit this ranking each Monday. Remember that we're weighing the past weekend's performance more heavily than an overall season track record, so expect some variation here with each edition.

1. Kevin Hogan, Stanford: It'd be impossible to write a movie script to top what happened on Saturday, so there's no debate for the top spot this week. Hogan's father, who passed away less than a year ago, raised his son a diehard Notre Dame fan. When the Irish didn't offer him out of high school, Hogan committed to Jim Harbaugh at Stanford instead. And on his Senior Day, everything came full circle: Hogan ripped Notre Dame's heart out, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat on a perfect 27-yard throw to Devon Cajuste that set up Conrad Ukropina's game-winning field goal as time expired.

"I turned out of my break, and the ball was there waiting for me," Cajuste said. "Hogan couldn't have placed it any better."

Perfection was the theme of the night for Hogan as he was 4-for-4 on passes in the red zone, all scores. He finished 17-of-21 for 269 yards. That adds up to 12.8 yards per attempt, which is sensational. This was top-level football on a night when Stanford needed every single bit of it to win.

2. Vernon Adams Jr., Oregon: We expected Adams to be a statistical terror in the Ducks' system, and this is coming to fruition. While his 28-for-38, 366-yard, three-touchdown performance in Oregon's 52-42 Civil War victory was again stellar, it's remarkable to consider that it was actually a significant downgrade from Adams' previous two weeks of work, when he averaged 17.1 and 16.3 yards per attempt, respectively. Adams "only" managed 9.8 yards per attempt against Oregon State, so the Ducks' passing explosiveness was superb but not mind-numbing this time.

All things considered, Adams now leads the nation at 10.2 yards per attempt, and he has Oregon clicking again heading into the postseason. It'd be fun to see him play in the Rose Bowl, and there's a slight chance that could happen -- if Stanford somehow squeaks into the College Football Playoff.

3. Jared Goff, California: Arizona State has the Pac-12's worst-ranked pass defense, so we expected the junior's numbers to pop in this game. And boy, did they ever. Goff finished with 542 passing yards and five touchdowns in the Golden Bears' 48-46 win over the Sun Devils. He led Cal back from a 27-10 halftime deficit and directed the last-minute drive that set up Matt Anderson's game-winning field goal. If this was Goff's last appearance at Memorial Stadium, he left on a good note.

4. Jake Browning, Washington: We'll certainly be seeing much more of Browning at Husky Stadium. The true freshman wrapped up his first regular season in Seattle with another efficient performance, finishing 14-of-20 for 203 yards. Those numbers obviously aren't gaudy, but this particular 45-10 Apple Cup victory was more about the Huskies' defense. Browning's job is to provide the offensive foundation next to that unit, and he's succeeded doing that during this building year. Washington looks to be in very solid position moving forward to 2016.

5. Mike Bercovici, Arizona State: The senior still has a bowl game remaining to ensure that he leaves the Sun Devils on a winning note, but he did play well in his regular season finale -- even though it was a loss at Cal. Bercovici finished 27-of-43 for 395 yards and four touchdowns before ultimately losing the thrilling duel to Goff's crew. While it has been a disappointing year for ASU, Bercovici has averaged nearly 300 yards per game and thrown 26 touchdowns.