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They’re back at it again — showing off the top 10 performances from a QB under David Shaw

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The Stanford Football team has put together a ton of top-10 moments so far this offseason, debuting them week after week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdown of all sports. They’ve been excellently crafted and are a great look back at some top moments in Cardinal football history.

The latest video counts down the top 10 quarterback performances under head coach David Shaw. They went as follows:

T10 - Kevin Hogan @ Washington State
October 31, 2015

Hogan had 14 carries for 112 yards, two touchdowns and completed 10-of-19 passes for 86 yards in the 30-28 victory over the Cougars.

T10 - K.J. Costello vs Notre Dame
November 25, 2017

Costello finished this game completing 14-of-22 passes for 176 yards and four passing touchdowns. The Cardinal cruised to a 38-20 victory over the No. 8 ranked Fighting Irish.

9 - Josh Nunes vs Arizona
October 6, 2012

Nunes blasted the Wildcats secondary for 360 yards on just 21 completions and two touchdowns but more importantly, he ran for three scores on just seven carries in the 54-48 overtime victory.

8 - Davis Mills @ Washington State
November 16, 2019

The first to appear in a game the Cardinal lost, Mills threw for 504 yards and three scores but was still outdone by the Cougars in a 49-22 loss. Mills averaged a whopping 15.3 yards per completion, though.

7 - Kevin Hogan vs Iowa
2016 Rose Bowl, January 1, 2016

Hogan tossed 12-of-21 passes for 233 yards and three scores with another rushing touchdown to boot, capping an incredible 12-2 season that almost saw the Cardinal enter the College Football Playoff.

6 - Andrew Luck vs Notre Dame
November 26, 2011

Luck completed 20-of-30 for 233 yards and four passing touchdowns as the Cardinal ousted Notre Dame, 28-14.

5 - K.J. Costello @ UCLA
November 24, 2018

Costello aired it out for 344 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-37 passing. Behind those five passing scores, Stanford toppled UCLA 49-42 in a shootout.

4 - Andrew Luck vs Oklahoma State
2012 Fiesta Bowl, January 2, 2012

So this one didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but Luck put the world on notice of his downfield passing ability and his accuracy (as if they didn’t already know). He completed 27-of-31 passes for 347 yards and two scores but Stanford lost in overtime to the Cowboys, 41-38.

3 - Kevin Hogan vs Notre Dame
November 15, 2015

Hogan was on fire this night, rallying his team past Notre Dame, 38-36 behind 17-of-21 passing for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Stanford QBs have definitely had Notre Dame’s number.

2 - K.J. Costello @ Oregon
September 22, 2018

Costello led the Cardinal to an overtime victory over the Ducks. He completed 19-of-26 passes for 327 yards and three scores as Stanford came-from-behind to win it in overtime, 38-31.

1 - Andrew Luck @ USC
October 29, 2011

Luck torched USC’s vaunted secondary for 330 yards and three scores as well as a rushing touchdown but more importantly, outscored the Trojans in the overtime periods, 22-14, en route to the 56-48 triple-overtime win. It’s still one of the best games of the past decade.

Here’s the full video of the top 10 performances from a quarterback in the David Shaw era.