Stanford-Oregon St. Preview

Stanford-Oregon St. Preview

Published Sep. 22, 2015 7:42 p.m. ET

(AP) - Stanford caught a break during last week's upset of Southern California when quarterback Kevin Hogan was able to continue after suffering an ankle injury.

It remains to be seen if he'll be under center Friday night when the 21st-ranked Cardinal visit Oregon State looking for a sixth straight win in the series.

Stanford coach David Shaw said Hogan will sit out most of this week's practices and test his ankle Thursday.

''We are fortunate it was not season-ending,'' Shaw said. ''If he can do a little bit on Thursday, it might be a game-time decision.''


Hogan was injured on the third play of the second half when he was sacked by Trojans linebacker Anthony Sarao, who landed on Hogan's ankle.

''Structurally, he was not going to make it worse,'' Shaw said. ''He was limping to and from the huddle but he scrambled when he needed. He gritted it out and did it.''

Hogan went 18 of 23 for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Cardinal (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) to a 41-31 win at then-No. 6 Southern California.

Backups Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst have minimal game experience. Burns appeared in two games last year and completed his only pass attempt. Chryst played against Central Florida on Sept. 12, completing a pass for 20 yards after Hogan threw for 341 yards and three scores.

''I have no idea if Kevin will play or not but I feel confident with the No. 2 and No. 3 string guys,'' sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey said. ''You always prepare like you're a starter.''

Shaw said he has contingency plans in place if Hogan, a four-year starter, is unable to go against the Beavers (2-1, 0-0).

''If he plays, I hope he takes every snap,'' Shaw said. ''We have emergency, emergency plans if we need them.''

Hogan led Stanford to a pair of Rose Bowl appearances and to last year's Foster Farms Bowl.

''It's hard to put into words what he means; it's so much,'' McCaffrey said. ''I think of him as a silent guardian. He's not very vocal but he is the best leader on our team.''

Hogan made his first career start against the Beavers in 2012, and last season had 277 yards to go with three total TDs and two interceptions in a 38-14 rout of visiting Oregon State.

The Beavers enter their Pac-12 opener after a 35-21 home win over San Jose State last weekend, a game in which they scored the final 21 points.

True freshman quarterback Seth Collins ran for two touchdowns, passed for another and rushed for 114 yards to lead the rally. Senior Storm Barrs-Woods contributed 151 yards on 17 carries and a TD.

''This young man demands greatness. It's the look in his eyes, the tone of his voice, we're ready to go,'' Barrs-Woods said of Collins. ''That's our leader, that's our captain. That's what changed. He got us going. I see him making plays, and I had to make plays.''

Collins took it in stride.

''I'm just out there playing football. It's nothing I think about, like I'm going to get this weird look in my eye. I just felt compelled to score,'' he said.

The Beavers have been outscored 161-62 in the five straight losses in this series, but that was before Collins landed in Corvallis.

"Put him on the list of all the guys in our conference that are tough to prepare for," Shaw said. "He does so many different things and is more athletic than I thought going into it when I started watching the film. ... It's going to be a corralling effort by our defense to keep these guys bottled up."