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Colorado vs. Stanford final: Buffs lose 48-0

The Stanford Cardinal defense put on a dominating performance and Kevin Hogan aced his quarterback audition as Stanford rolled the Colorado Buffaloes, 48-0. Colorado did not cross midfield until five minutes into the fourth quarter.

Stanford held Colorado to 76 total net yards, six first downs, sacked the Buffalo quarterback seven times and collected two turnovers. Out of 12 total drives, Colorado had only four go for more than three plays, and never advanced more than 25 yards down the field.

Josh Nunes played the first quarter for Stanford, going 3 for 5 for 23 yards. Hogan took over for the second and took the Cardinal offense to four touchdowns on his first four drives. Brett Nottingham was the third quarterback to play for Stanford, going 3 for 5 for 16 yards. Stepfan Taylor and Jamal-Rashad Patterson both had a hand in the run game, with Taylor picking up 43 yards and two touchdowns and Patterson adding another 42 yards.

Box Score Hero: Hogan had quite a day. The freshman finished the day having completed 18 of 23 attempts for 184 yards with two touchdowns, and another 48 yards on seven runs. Levine Toilolo had 59 yards on three receptions, and Zach Ertz had six catches for 41 yards. Each man had a touchdown.

Rankings Ramifications: Stanford, ranked No. 14 going into the game, is likely to see a boost in the rankings after such a dominant game.

But Did They Cover? At -28, Stanford had the spread covered by the second quarter.

For More On This Game:

For more on Cardinal football, visit Stanford blog Rule Of Tree, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Bay Area.

For more on Buffs football, visit Colorado blog The Ralphie Report, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Denver.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford will host the Oregon St. Beavers at home, while Colorado will head on the road to face the Arizona Wildcats.

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