Collectively, the SJSU football team has collected six individual awards this season, none of which recognized an offensive player. Quarterback David Fales performance in the Spartans 42-13 win over Idaho on Saturday changed that. Fales completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns in the bowl eligibility-clinching win, earning him the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, announced Monday.I havent told him yet, hes probably been told but Im pretty sure hes excited, head coach Mike MacIntyre said. Through nine games this season, Fales has passed for 2,850 yards on 232-of-319 passing and 21 touchdowns. At 72.7 percent, Fales completion percentage is the best in all of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. He is also seventh in the nation in passing yards.MacIntyre said Fales, in just his first year at SJSU, has undoubtedly emerged as a leader on the team.Hes so humbled, kind of just takes it all in and keeps going, MacIntyre said. Hes steady, always has a smile on his face and has a ton of energy. Hes really a contagious leader and the kids get it the kids love it. Fales is 410 yards short of leapfrogging Mike Perez, who threw for 3,260 yards in 1987, for the top spot on SJSUs single-season passing list. Fales is also four touchdowns shy of breaking Steve Clarksons mark of 25 set in 1981.
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.
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