STANFORD, Calif. — Kevin Hogan has taken Stanford to a place Andrew Luck never could.
Hogan threw for 155 yards and a touchdown and ran for 47 yards to help the eighth-ranked Cardinal beat No. 17 UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday night.
As a defender barreled into him, Hogan hurled a 26-yard tying touchdown to Drew Terrell on third-and-15 early in the fourth quarter. Jordan Williamson kicked his second field goal from 36 yards with 6:49 remaining for the go-ahead score to seal Stanford’s first conference title since the 1999 season.
The Cardinal (11-2) will play the winner of the Big Ten title game between Nebraska and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
UCLA’s Brent Hundley threw for 177 yards and a costly interception that set up a Stanford touchdown. He still almost brought the Bruins (9-4) back, but Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a 52-yard field goal wide left in the closing moments for a disappointing loss.
Hogan completed 16 of 22 passes to beat a fourth ranked opponent in his fourth consecutive start since unseating Josh Nunes at quarterback.
NO. 19 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 44, NO. 18 KENT STATE 37 (2OT)
In Detroit, Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and Demetrius Stone’s interception in the end zone gave Northern Illinois a victory over Kent State.
Kent State (11-2) trailed 27-13 earlier in the fourth quarter before scoring two touchdowns in a 15-second span.
It was 34-all at the end of regulation, and after the teams traded field goals in the first overtime, Northern Illinois (12-1) needed only two plays to reach the end zone. A 23-yard run by Akeem Daniels set up Lynch’s final TD.
Kent State reached the 9, but on fourth down, Spencer Keith had to scramble to his right and throw a desperation pass that was picked off by Stone in the end zone.
Northern Illinois won its second consecutive MAC title.
Lynch threw for 212 yards and ran for 160, but it almost wasn’t enough.
Down by 14, Kent State rallied. Keith’s 5-yard touchdown run with 4:53 remaining in the fourth quarter capped a 96-yard drive. Then Lynch fumbled and Zack Hitchens picked up the ball for the Golden Flashes and went 22 yards to the end zone.
Lynch weaved his way to a 9-yard touchdown run with 3:12 remaining, but Kent State again had an answer. Keith scrambled to his left and threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Tim Erjavec with 44 seconds to play.