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 and another score, helping the No. 8 Cardinal beat No. 17 UCLA, 27-24, in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night in Stanford, Calif. The redshirt freshman won game MVP honors to put Stanford in the Rose Bowl for the first time in more than a decade.
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.
Stanford (11-2) will play the winner of the Big Ten title game between Nebraska and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
‘‘Character,’’ said Stanford’s David Shaw, the Pac-12 coach of the year in his first two seasons. ‘‘Even when we don’t play well, we still play hard. Our guys played with such heart. We made plays when we needed to make plays.’’
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 in the closing moments for a disappointing loss.
Jonathan Franklin rushed for 194 yards for the Bruins, who finished with 284 yards on the ground.
Hogan completed 16 of 22 passes to beat a fourth-ranked opponent in his fourth straight start since unseating Josh Nunes at quarterback.
Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37 — Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and Demetrius Stone’s interception in the end zone gave No. 19 Northern Illinois a victory over No. 18 Kent State in a stirring Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit.
Both teams were hoping a win would boost them into the top 16 of the BCS standings and a berth in a marquee bowl. Kent State was No. 17 in the standings coming in. Northern Illinois was No. 21 and needs to make an unlikely jump.
The Huskies (12-1) dominated for much of the night, but the Golden Flashes (11-2) rallied to tie it at 34 in the final minute of regulation after trailing, 27-13, earlier in the fourth. The teams traded field goals in the first overtime, but Northern Illinois needed only two plays to reach the end zone in the second. 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.
Lynch (160 yards rushing, 212 passing) broke the major-college record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a season, finishing with 1,771.
Michigan’s Denard Robinson ran for 1,702 in 2010.