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Stanford QB Kevin Hogan looking forward to playing 'hometown' Terps

Kevin Hogan is coming off a big game in Stanford's upset win at UCLA to end the regular season.
Kevin Hogan is coming off a big game in Stanford's upset win at UCLA to end the regular season. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)

A defining moment of Kevin Hogan's high school career came on Oct. 2, 2010.

Displaying many of the same skills and attributes that have enabled him to have a successful three-year run as the starting quarterback at Stanford, Hogan guided Gonzaga College (D.C.) to its first win over DeMatha since 2002. Hogan threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning 5-yard score, in the 32-25 victory.

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Tuesday's Foster Farms Bowl will be the first time many local fans will see Hogan play since his Gonzaga days. He'll be leading the heavily favored Cardinal against Maryland and some of the same players the McLean, Va., native competed against in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

"I'm still kind of getting used to Maryland being in the Big Ten," Hogan said during a phone interview. "I never thought I'd play against them when I came out here. It's nice to get to be able to play against the hometown team. I played against some of those guys in high school, so it's going to be kind of a cool experience for me."

Slowing down Hogan will be one of the primary challenges for Maryland's defense.

He has passed for 5,233 yards and 37 touchdowns with just 18 interceptions over the past two seasons, including 2,603 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions this year while completing 66 percent of his throws.

Hogan was 16 of 19 for 234 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in leading the Cardinal to a 31-10 road upset of No. 8 UCLA in Stanford's regular-season finale on Nov. 28.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hogan also rushed for 46 yards on seven carries.

"Kevin has the ability to play at the next level," Stanford coach David Shaw, a former Ravens assistant, told ESPN recently. "That UCLA game showed his ceiling."

Stanford is 23-8 in games Hogan has started during the past three seasons, including 11-6 against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25.

Hogan took over as Stanford's starting quarterback midway through the 2012 season and was 6-0 as a starter while helping the Cardinal finish the year with a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

Hogan was 12 of 19 passing for 123 yards during that game while also running for 54 yards on seven carries.

Last year, Hogan was one of the key components on a Stanford team that made a second straight Rose Bowl appearance and finished ranked 11th nationally.

This year has been more of a struggle.

Stanford ranks just 87th in the country in scoring offense and has lost more than three games for the first time since 2009. However, all five of the Cardinal's losses came against ranked teams, and Stanford scored 69 points over its final two regular season games.

"Offensively, they are a physical team that likes to run the power," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "Kevin Hogan is a good quarterback. Ty Montgomery is an outstanding wide receiver. And Christian McCaffrey and Ty Montgomery, those guys are both a jack-of-all-trades. …

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"Then they have an offensive line that is very good. I think they only have one senior starter on their offense. They got better as the year went on."

Hogan will have a decision to make after the season, as he has one year of eligibility remaining.

CBSSports.com ranks Hogan as the fifth-best pro prospect among junior quarterbacks, but Hogan has repeatedly told reporters that he has not decided whether he will declare for the NFL draft.

Hogan's immediate focus is on Maryland, which had success limiting Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State's Connor Cook and Michigan's Devin Gardner before allowing Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova to throw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in the regular-season finale.

"Just watching them on film, they present a lot of challenges," Hogan said of the Terps. "They have a good secondary, some good linebackers, and they do a lot of things that you can tell they're very well coached. They're going to present challenges, but I think with our game plan and our preparation that we'll be fine."

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