Stanford, Hogan lose first game of season

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Stanford entered the day with the second-longest active win streak in the country

It wasn’t in the cards for the Cardinal on Saturday as the fifth-ranked team in the nation lost 27-21 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. It was Stanford’s first meeting with Utah since 1996, a game Stanford also lost by one score. The loss snapped Stanford’s 13-game winning streak, which was the second-longest active streak in the FBS.

Utah last beat a team ranked in the Top-5 of the AP Poll in 2008, when the Utes upset fourth-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. It was Utah’s first regular-season win over an AP Top-5 team in the regular season, and its first home win against Stanford all-time.

Kevin Hogan lost his first game since he took over as Stanford’s starter last year. Through his first four games this season, Hogan had the sixth-highest Total QBR in the nation (88.8). In his last two games, Hogan has posted a QBR below 40, dropping his season rating to 70.8. Hogan was 15-of-27 passing, completing less than 60 percent of his passes for the first time in his career.

Utah QB Travis Wilson averaged a season-low 10.2 yards per completion, but he took care of the ball. Wilson had the fifth-most interceptions in the FBS entering the game (9), but threw just one Saturday – Utah’s only turnover of the game. Bubba Poole rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries in his second career game.

The lone bright spot for Stanford was the play of Ty Montgomery who set career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (131). It was the most receiving yards in a game by a Stanford wide receiver since Chris Owusu had 165 against Arizona in 2010.

But Montgomery didn’t just make an impact on offense. He became only the third player in Stanford history to have a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown and the first since Damon Dunn in 1994.

Utah’s victory capped a wild night in college football. So far in Week 7, four unranked teams have beaten ranked teams. Overall, seven ranked teams lost Saturday, the most in a week this season. Stanford's loss today was the only game this season where a top-10 team lost to an unranked opponent.