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Shaw names Nunes Stanford's starting QB

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Shaw names Nunes Stanford's starting QB

The successor to the Andrew Luck dynasty has been named.Josh Nunes will be the new starting quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal forthe 2012 season.Head Coach David Shaw announced Nunes, a redshirt junior, asthe starter Tuesday after Stanfords practice, ending a competition betweenNunes and redshirt sophomore Brett Nottingham for the right to replace No. 1overall NFL Draft pick, Andrew Luck.Nunes did not play last season after appearing in four gamesin 2010. He threw just two passes in the 2010 season, closing out theCardinals 68-24 win over Wake Forest. The thirdStanford quarterback to appear in that game, Nunes completed a seven-yard passto Sam Knapp and missed on his other attempt.The six-foot, four-inch signal caller worked with the first-team offense at Stanfords finalscrimmage of training camp Sunday, completing sevenof 10 passes for 49 yards with a touchdown. Nottinghamarguably had the more impressive day statistically, racking up 125 yards onfive-of-six passing with the second-team offense.Nottingham was the primarybackup to Luck last season, appearing in six games. He completed five of eightpasses for 78 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pass against San Jose State.Nunes was a four-star recruit out of high school, andRivals.com rated him the 13th-best pro-style quarterback in 2009 recruit class.He threw for 6,306 yards and 54 touchdowns as a three-year starter at Upland High Schoolin Southern California.Nottingham was ranked the fourth-best pro-style quarterbackof the 2010 recruit class by Rivals.com and threw for 7,467 yards and 91touchdowns in high school, playing for MonteVista High School in Danville.Nunes will have several weapons to work with on offense,most notably tailback Stepfan Taylor. Taylorrushed for 1330 yards and 10 touchdowns last season in addition to another 182yards and two touchdowns receiving.However, Stanfords top three receivers last year -- GriffWhalen, Chris Owusu and Coby Fleener all graduated, meaning Nunes will needto establish his own top targets.Stanford begins its 2012 campaign on Aug. 31 at home againstSan Jose State and will face its first major testwhen the Cardinal host USC on Sept. 15. Nunes will have the benefit of playingeach of his first three starts at Stanford Stadium before going on the road toface Washingtonon Sept. 27.The Cardinal begin the season ranked No. 21 in the APPreseason Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

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