With two arguably dominant wins in a row at home under its belt, the SJSU football team will hit the road to take on San Diego State, the first truly tough test for the Spartans since nearly beating Stanford in the seasons opening game.We look at it as a big deal any time we play a school within our system, head coach Mike MacItyre said about SDSU in regards to the California State University system. Our kids are pumped to play in this game.The most daunting task for SJSU this weekend is to put a halt to the Aztecs two-headed monster of a run game it continues to show success with week after week. Sophomore Adam Muema and senior Walter Kazee make up an SDSU running duo that has gained 494 yards this season. Putting each of their contributions in perspective, the two are only four rushes and 10 yards apart in season statistics, with Muema leading in both categories. Kazee, however, has four rushing touchdowns on the season, one more than Muema.MacIntyre said the run defenses strategy will be very similar to what they put out on the field to help stop Stanford and star running back Stepfan Taylor.We go to fill our gaps, line up correctly, MacIntyre said. We got to be physical and we do have a bunch of physical guys.(San Diego State) does a really good job like Stanford at times of getting you out of position so we have been working on lining up correctly. We have been working on alignments because that to me is really important.Last week in a 49-41 win over North Dakota State in San Diego, the two Aztec running backs combined for 229 yards rushing on 31 carries and three touchdowns. MacIntyre said containing them will be crucial in order for SJSU to capture its first road win in 2012.We have to wrap them up. We have to gang tackle, he said. We have to know how to fit their runs.In addition to Muema and Kazee, SDSU has a pretty impressive quarterback in senior Ryan Katz, a transfer from Oregon State playing in his first season with the Aztecs.The thing he can do really well is he has an incredible arm but he can also run, MacIntyre said. He really has a way to improvise, put the ball down and run. Im very impressed with their offensive ability.Last week, Katz added 80 yards on the ground to the 241 yards he gained through the air and showed how two-dimensional he can be. He also showed how efficient he can pass, completing 11-of-18 passes without throwing an interception while finding receivers in the end zone three times.The Aztecs two-man run game, along with an efficient quarterback who can also run, is proving to be a difficult matchup for SJSU, but MacIntyre said the defense has been working on turning SDSUs offense into a one-dimensional game.Once they get the run game going they kind of get you in a dilemma there so we have to try and get them one-dimensional the best way we can, he said. Hopefully well be able to stop the run enough that we wont have to commit as many to the run and play the pass a bit better.Junior wide receiver Noel Grigsby, who broke the schools all-time receptions record in the teams win over Colorado State, will play this Saturday after missing some time in practice after falling on his right shoulder in practice on Tuesday. Grigsby now has 165 career receptions at SJSU, five more that the records previous holder, Kevin Jurovich.Senior offensive lineman David Quessenberry also should play after missing the game against Colorado State with an ankle injury.MacIntyre said the teams depth, which showed by replacing Quessenberry on Saturday, is a key to the team staying competitive thus far this season.The better players you have, the more depth you have, the more experience you have; the more games you win, he said. Were getting to that point. Hopefully we stay relatively healthy and are able to play a lot of guys.MacIntyre said he wants more consistency out of his running backs. SJSU has been up and down all season long. It gained just 72 yards against Stanford; 216 on UC Davis then down to 139 against Colorado State.If we can (become more consistent) it will help us run the clock some and finish some games out, he said. I want us to keep growing in that area and I think we are.
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