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Cal faces Stanford with share of title on the line

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Cal faces Stanford with share of title on the line

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Sundays game between Cal and Stanford with title implications will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 2:30 p.m.

BERKELEY -- The mood went from hopeful to resolute in Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon after learning that a win at Stanford on Sunday would net Cal a share of the inaugural Pac-12 regular season title.It feels good, senior forward Harper Kamp told CSNBayArea.com. Tomorrows game is very important to us to start with, but seeing the result of the UCLA-Washington game, it just means a little more to us.Cal (23-7, 13-4 Pac-12) entered Saturday a game behind Washington in the standings, but a resurgent UCLA squad upset the Huskies 75-69 in Los Angeles, resulting in a jubilant atmosphere among the players in the locker room.
I dont think theres much to say, Kamp added. I think everyone knows whats on the line. I think we play well with high energy. We got to come out with some fire and just be ready. To play on another teams home court is always hard, so we just got to come out with some energy.Two years ago, Cal celebrated their first conference championship since 1960 on the Maples Pavilion floor with a 71-61 victory. Now the Golden Bears have the opportunity to replicate the feat in the same hostile environment.I feel like everythings going our way right now, sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs said. Now its all in our hands, to take care of business Sunday against Stanford, and if we get that win, all our dreams come true with a Pac-12 championship, so Im excited.The Cardinal (19-10, 9-8), currently in seventh, would love nothing more than to spoil their archrivals dreams. Stanford is hoping to erase the memory of a heartbreaking one-point loss to Utah on the road last Saturday.In addition to a share of the title, Cal will be playing for the top seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament, which takes place March 7-10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Bears have already clinched second place, but will clearly be aiming for more at Maples.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

BOX SCORE

PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report