Sunday, October 13, 2013
What we learned: Week 7
By Kyle Bonagura
Here are three lessons from Stanford's loss to Utah.
National title hopes gone: The team started the day with national-title aspirations, but those fell when Kevin Hogan's final pass fell harmlessly to the grass. Instead, the Cardinal will hope to mirror 2012 when it lost early to Washington before going unbeaten the rest of the Pac-12 schedule en route to the Rose Bowl. If that is to happen, Stanford needs to take significant steps on both sides of the ball. Utah is no Oregon and the Ducks travel to Stanford in less than a month.
Play-calling an issue: Facing third-and-2 from the Utah 6 with just under 90 seconds to play, Stanford was in position to play to its strength. But despite rolling out a package with one receiver, six offensive linemen, a fullback, a tight end and running back, Stanford went to the air. Incomplete. Fourth down? Different package, same result. For a team that prides itself on being able to use power to get a yard -- or two -- when it needs it, it was a bizarre sequence to end the game.
Kevin Hogan isn't invincible: In ten career starts, Hogan was 10-0 with wins against six ranked opponents going in. Unranked Utah on the road? No problem. Except it was. Hogan actually played pretty well -- 15-of-27, 246 yards and a score -- but it wasn’t enough. The loss snaps Stanford's 13-game winning streak, which had been the nation's longest.