Rabb's last-second heroics give Cal thrilling win over No. 25 USC


Rabb's last-second heroics give Cal thrilling win over No. 25 USC


LOS ANGELES -- With five seconds left and a one-point lead, the California Golden Bears knew where this game would be decided. At the rim between Southern Cal's Jordan McLaughlin and their own Ivan Rabb.

Having already scored 17 points, including the go-ahead free throws, Rabb came up with the block on McLaughlin's driving shot attempt at the buzzer, giving California a 74-73 victory over No. 25 Southern California on Sunday night.

"I just wanted to make a play on the ball," said Rabb. "I'm just glad nobody fouled. They just funneled him to the basket where I could make something happen."

In the huddle during the timeout after Rabb gave the Bears the lead, Cal Coach Cuonzo Martin put the Bears into a 2-2-1 zone press with Rabb the last man to beat, expecting USC to give McLaughlin the ball.

"No doubt about it. We knew he was coming around some way," said Martin. "We just had to be sound. If he got to the rim with Ivan at the rim, we didn't think he'd have enough time to pitch to someone for a shot."

And when McLaughlin covered the length of the court in a full sprint, there was Rabb to meet him.

"I had a shooter on my left side and I really didn't want to leave him until (McLaughlin) committed to the basket," Rabb said.

Said McLaughlin: "I came out of the time out with a full head of steam. I tried to get a layup and hoped to get a basket or a foul. I saw a wide open lane. They closed it at the end."

It was a play that could have gone either way.

"The last play, there was a lot of contact at the rim," said Southern California Coach Andy Enfield. "You can't ask for more. Jordan could've easily scored or gone to the line, but he didn't."

Charlie Moore added 16 points and Jibari Bird and Don Coleman each had 12 for Cal (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12), who beat a ranked opponent for the first time in three years by making 13 of 23 shots in the second half.

McLaughlin and Chimezi Metu each scored 20 points to lead Southern California (15-2, 2-2), which lost at home for the first time this season.

Down 72-71, McLaughlin scored to give USC a 73-72 lead with 17 seconds left.

After a Cal timeout, Bird fed Rabb at the right low block, where he spun into the lane only to be fouled on his shot attempt by Metu.

The entire game was tight, including the final few minutes. Neither team could gain more than a three-point advantage during most of the second half.

Cal's last win over a ranked opponent was an 83-63 home victory over No. 11 Oregon on Feb. 11.


California: The Bears faced their fourth ranked opponent in their last five games (No. 12 Virginia, No. 18 Arizona, No. 4 UCLA, and No. 25 USC), having lost the first three games. The victory was Cal's first road win over a Top 25 opponent since Nov. 20, 2014 (73-59 vs. No. 23 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden).

Southern California: The loss was the Trojans' first loss in 10 games at the Galen Center this season. At halftime, two dozen members of the USC football accompanied the Rose Bowl trophy won on Jan. 2 with a 52-49 victory over Penn State.


California: Home vs. Washington on Thursday night.

Southern California: At Utah on Thursday night.

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