Cal's Allen named to Biletnikoff Watch List


Cal's Allen named to Biletnikoff Watch List

Keenan Allen is eyeing some impressive hardware.The Calwide receiver was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, adding to thegrowing list of preseason accolades for the junior. The Biletnikoff Award honorscollege footballs top receiver.Allen has already been named to the Maxwell Trophy WatchList, an award that recognizes the top player in college football. Phil Steelealso recognized Allen as a third-team Preseason All-American and first-teamPreseason All-Pac-12 honoree.Allens preseason hype comes not without merit. He caught 98passes for 1,343 yards last season, both second-best numbers for a singleseason in school history. Allen was one of 10 semifinalists for the BiletnikoffAward and a first-team All-Pac-12 receiver last year.The Greensboro, N.C., native topped 100 receiving yards in five gameslast season, including a season-high 197 yards and a touchdown in Cals 31-23 loss at Washington. He also caught 13 passes for 160yards at Southern California.Allen has 144 career receptions and needs just 58 more tomatch Geoff McArthurs school record of 202. If Allen can match his productionfrom last season, he will also surpass McArthurs Cal-record of 3,188 careerreceiving yards.Allen missed all of Calspractices this spring while recovering from ankle surgery, but he is expectedto be healthy for summer workouts.The Biletnikoff Award has been handed out every year since1994. No Calplayer has ever won the award. The only Bay Area player to take home the awardwas Stanfords Troy Walters in 1999.Cals season begins Sept. 1at home against Nevada.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


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.


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.


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


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