Penn State linebacker Khairi Fortt has elected totransfer to Cal, the third potential starter to leave the Nittany Lionsin the past two days.Fortts move followed that of running back Silas Redd, wholanded at USC on Tuesday, the latest domino in the free-for-all that has ensuedin State College, Pa., in the wake of the Freeh Report andsubsequent NCAA sanctions. According to sanctions on PennState, players are free to transferfrom Penn State and be immediately eligible toplay at their new schools.The NCAA issued a four-year bowl ban to Penn State inaddition to scholarship reductions, the vacating of all wins from 1998 to 2011and a 60-million fine after the Freeh Report revealed that Penn Stateofficials, including former football coach Joe Paterno, participated in acover-up of Jerry Sanduskys sexual abuse of children. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of childsex abuse in June.Fortt, a junior middle linebacker at PennState, opted to transfer to Cal rather spend thefinal two years of his college career ineligible for a bowl game. Forttappeared in all 13 games for Penn State last year,recording 33 tackles including six for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was expected to be in the competition for a starting jobwith the Nittany Lions this season after being listed as a co-starter on thedepth chart at middle linebacker following spring drills.Fortt, 6-feet, 2-inches tall and 238 pounds, missed timeduring Penn States spring practices with a sprainedknee but is expected to be healthy for the fall.Fortts friend and former teammate Silas Redd chose totransfer from Penn State to USC on Tuesday,setting the pair up for a Sept. 22 reunion when the Trojans host the Bears.New Penn State head coach Bill OBrien said at the Big Tensmedia days last week that he was trying to convince his players to stay byreminding them of the bonds they had formed at Penn Stateand the bowl-like atmosphere of playing in the Nittany Lions 106,572-seatBeaver Stadium, among other reasons.Those reasons apparently did not convince Fortt, who isamong five players to have transferred from Penn Statesince the NCAA imposed its sanctions.
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