Kevin Hogan threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and No. 25 Stanford slowed down Connor Halliday and the Air Raid offense in a 34-17 victory over Washington State on Friday night at Stanford.
Greg Taboado grabbed his first two career touchdowns and fellow tight end Eric Cotton had his first scoring catch to help the Cardinal (4-2, 2-1) rebound from a nonconference loss at Notre Dame and renew their chase for a third straight Pac-12 championship.
A week after Halliday threw for an NCAA-record 734 yards in a 60-59 loss to California, the nation's stingiest scoring defense harassed him all over the backfield.
Stanford held Halliday to 42-for-69 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns, forced one interception and had four sacks. The Cougars (2-5, 1-3) have lost two in a row, and their chances of making consecutive bowl games under Mike Leach look dim.
Ty Montgomery hauled in seven passes for 72 yards, Cotton caught a 39-yard touchdown pass and Taboado tallied two short scores from Hogan to give the Cardinal a 24-10 lead.
Hogan completed 23 of 35 passes.
Stanford improved to 9-0 after losses under David Shaw and hasn't dropped consecutive games since October 2009. But penalties and miscues in the red zone cost the Cardinal from taking control — which has been a theme this season — against a Washington State defense that struggled again.
Florida reinstates Harris
Florida quarterback Treon Harris has been fully reinstated by the university and the football team after a fellow student accuser withdrew her sexual battery complaint against the freshman.
The school said in a statement Friday that the woman who made the allegation "is not pursuing criminal charges against him at this time, but maintains the right to do so in the future." The university added that it is not proceeding with any action against Harris.
Florida Coach Will Muschamp said Harris he will not play in Saturday night's game against Southeastern Conference rival Louisiana State. ...
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