SEATTLE — Kevin Hogan picked apart the Cougars, throwing for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 5 Stanford won its 12th in a row with a 55-17 rout of Washington State at rainy CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.
Hogan connected with Devon Cajuste on touchdowns of 57 and 33 yards in the first half then found Michael Rector on a 45-yard TD during a third-quarter blitz that saw the Cardinal scored 21 points in stretch that included just two offensive plays.
Jordan Richards and Trent Murphy both returned interceptions 30 yards for touchdowns 2:04 apart in the third quarter as the Cardinal (4-0 overall, 2-0 Pacific-12 Conference) quickly turned a 17-3 halftime edge into a 38-3 lead.
Washington State (3-2, 1-1) was riding its first three-game winning streak since 2006 and was trying to start 4-1 for the first time since 2003, the last time the Cougars went to a bowl game.