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Upper Deck Team USA Alumni Report: Huff provides big plays for Ducks

By Joe Frollo and Mike DeVader Mon, 11/12/2012 - 2:00pm

Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff is making life difficult for opposing defenses, becoming a go-to guy when the Ducks’ passing attack needs a big play.

Huff, a member of the 2010 U.S. Under-19 National Team, had five catches for a team-best 109 yards and three touchdowns as No. 3 Oregon beat California, 59-17, on Saturday.

Huff scored on a 10-yard reception late in the second quarter that gave the Ducks a 24-10 lead. He added two third-quarter TDs from 35 and 39 yards out as well.

The three receiving scores are a career-high, marking the second straight game this season he reached the century mark in receiving yards.

In the last two games, Huff has caught 11 passes for 234 yards and five TDs.

Next week, the Ducks welcome No. 14 Stanford to Autzen Stadium. ESPN’s College GameDay will be on-hand for the game, making its seventh trip to campus.

Hogan wins first college start

Kevin Hogan (2011) threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns, including a 13-yard TD to Zach Ertz with 5:07 to play, to win his first collegiate start for No. 14 Stanford in a 27-23 victory over No. 11 Oregon State.

Hogan also connected with Ryan Hewitt for a 12-yard TD and with Stepfan Taylor on a 40-yard score as the Cardinal rallied from a 23-14 deficit. The 6-foot-4 sophomore rushed for 49 yards as well.

“He’s earned our trust,” Stanford head coach David Shaw said. “When you start a new guy at quarterback early in the week, we knew he could handle quite a bit, but we didn’t know how much. But by the end of the week we know we could give him the ability to change protections, change runs to passes, passes to runs.”

Hogan audibled on the game-winning score after seeing Oregon State in man coverage and took advantage of the mismatch.

“I just saw good coverage,” Hogan said. “Anytime you can get Zach out one-on-one, not many people can cover him, if any. He ran a great route to get behind the defense and made a great catch for a touchdown.”

Also for Stanford, A.J. Tarpley (2010) and Alex Carter (2011) both had four tackles. Ty Montgomery (2011) caught a 5-yard pass, and Wayne Lyons (2011) added a tackle.

For Oregon State, Jordan Poyer (2009) had five tackles, including one for loss, and Kevin Cummings (2009) caught a 2-yard pass.


  • George Atkinson III (2011) had 9 yards rushing and returned three kickoffs for 78 yards for No. 4 Notre Dame in a 21-6 victory at Boston College. Josh Atkinson (2011) had three tackles, and Stephon Tuitt (2011) had two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a sack for the Irish. Steele Divitto (2010) recorded six stops, recovered his own forced fumble and defended two passes for the Eagles.  
  • Todd Gurley (2012) had 11 carries for 116 yards and a score for No. 5 Georgia, including a long of 49, as the Bulldogs routed Auburn, 38-0. Gurley also had a 10-yard catch.
  • Quinton Dunbar (2010) caught four passes for 25 yards, including a 3-yard TD, in No. 6 Florida’s 27-20 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. 
  • Shamarko Thomas (2009) had six tackles and Brandon Sharpe (2009) added one tackle for loss in Syracuse’s 45-26 win over No. 9 Louisville.
  • Tariq Edwards (2009) had one tackle for Virginia Tech in a 28-22 loss to No. 10 Florida State.
  • Adam Shead started at left guard for No. 12 Oklahoma in the Sooners’ 42-34 victory over Baylor.
  • Imani Cross (2012) had 22 yards rushing and two touchdowns for No. 16 Nebraska as the Cornhuskers held off Penn State, 32-23. Mike Hull (2010) had seven tackles and a fumble recovery for the Nittany Lions.
  • Jaxon Shipley (2011) led No. 17 Texas with eight catches for 137 yards in a 33-7 win over Iowa State. Joe Bergeron (2011) had a game-high 86 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Longhorns. Also for Texas, Josh Turner (2011) had six tackles, including one for loss, and an interception.
  • Anthony Sarao (2011) had five tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble, for No. 19 Southern Cal in a 38-17 win over Arizona State.
  • Matt Freeman (2011) started at center for Texas State in the Bobcats’ 62-55 loss to No. 20 Louisiana Tech.
  • Kenny Williams (2011) ran nine times for 37 yards for No. 22 Texas Tech in a 41-34 double overtime win over Kansas. Williams also caught a 20-yard pass.
  • Savon Huggins (2011) ran for 33 yards and a touchdown to help No. 23 Rutgers beat Army, 28-7. Huggins also caught a 9-yard pass.
  • James Ross (2012) had six tackles for Michigan in a 38-31 overtime win over No. 24 Northwestern. Devin Funchess (2011) caught an 8-yard pass for the Wolverines. Jack Konopka (2009) started at right tackle for the Wildcats.
  • Manoa Pikula (2011) recorded two tackles for BYU in the Cougars’ 52-13 win over Idaho.
  • Mike Loftus (2009) punted four times for SMU, averaging 35 yards per kick, as the Mustangs beat Southern Mississippi, 34-6.
  • Keiwone Malone (2010) caught two passes for 20 yards for Memphis in its 37-27 victory over Tulane.
  • Jake Alexander (2010) started at left guard for Tulsa in a 41-7 win over Houston. Conner Floyd (2011) returned a punt for 1 yard for the Golden Hurricane.
  • Ryan Simmons (2011) had one tackle for Oklahoma State in the Cowboys’ 55-34 win against West Virginia.
  • Noel Grigsby (2009) had 61 yards receiving on three catches for San Jose State as the Spartans beat New Mexico State, 47-7.
  • Tony Creecy (2010) had 36 yards rushing and a touchdown for North Carolina State as the Wolfpack beat Wake Forest, 37-6.
  • Tyler Dippel (2009) had two tackles for Wisconsin in the Badgers’ 62-14 win over Indiana.
  • Oday Aboushi (2009) started at left tackle and had a tackle in Virginia’s 41-40 win over Miami (Fla.).
  • Tommy Heffernan (2010) had 11 tackles, including two for loss, in North Carolina’s 68-50 loss to Georgia Tech.
  • Robert Bell (2009) had eight tackles for Toledo in a 34-27 loss to Ball State.
  • Josh Allen (2010) started at center for Louisiana-Monroe in a 45-23 loss to Arkansas State.
  • Jordon Roussos (2009) started at right tackle for Bowling Green in a 26-14 win over Ohio.
  • Brian Winters (2009) started at left tackle for Kent State in a 48-32 win over Miami (Ohio). Pat Hinkel (2009) started at linebacker for the RedHawks. 

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