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SJSU's season possibly hanging in balance vs. Utah State

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SJSU's season possibly hanging in balance vs. Utah State

SJSU faces a fork in the road in its season Saturday when it matches up against one of the Western Athletic Conferences best teams in Utah State. Not that a loss would necessarily force the Spartans onto a course without a bowl berth at the finish line, but a win sure would help their cause.Saturdays homecoming game at Spartan Stadium is the first game in WAC play for both SJSU (4-1) and Utah State (4-2) and has large implications on standings with Louisiana Tech (5-0) rounding out the three favorites to win conference title.Were excited but still taking our season week by week, said junior quarterback David Fales about Saturdays important matchup. Our goal since the beginning has been to win the WAC, so every game within the WAC in big.The Aggies are lead by two playmakers on offense senior running back Kerwynn Williams and sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton and a stifling defense that ranks second in the WAC in yards allowed and has given up just seven touchdowns the least in the conference.Williams leads all WAC players in all-purpose yardage with 137.5 yards per game and rushing averaging 89.5 yards and undoubtedly the most explosive player on this Utah State roster.The most dynamic Aggie, however, is Keeton, who can use both his arm and his feet to accumulate yardage for Utah State. Keeton is fifth in the conference throwing with 247.5 yards per game and is also tenth in average rushing per game with 38.2 yards.Utah State is scary, said SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre. They have a lot of speed. Their quarterback makes a lot of things happen not only with his arm but also his feet. He can buy time in the pocket and make plays.While Keetons rounded play impresses MacIntyre and causes a deal of concern for the Spartan defense, MacIntyre said he is even more concerned with the whereabouts of Williams on the field at any time during the game.Keeton makes a lot of plays but you always have to know where No. 25 (Williams) is he scares me the most, MacIntyre said. He catches the ball, runs it and thats when they win is when hes making plays.A game of Wheres No. 25 has become a common part of practice for the Spartans over their two-week preparation for Utah State with a bye last Saturday.Before every play, our coaches have been having us point him out Theres No. 25, said sophomore defensive tackle Travis Raciti. We do it almost as a form of intimidation and also recollection to know where he is every play.It seems the modified game of Wheres Waldo has given the Spartans an extra boost of confidence.Hes explosive, but well contain him, Raciti said.Neither Keeton nor Williams did much damage against Brigham-Young University this past Saturday in a 6-3 loss to the Cougars. BYUs third-ranked defense in the nation allowing just 8.8 points per game held Keeton to 202 yards passing and WIlliams to just 18 yards rushing.SJSU faces both Utah State and Louisiana Tech at home this season. Should the Spartan defeat the Aggies Saturday, it could set up a showdown for the conference title in the seasons final game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24.First things first, though, for the Spartans, who just want to take this game against Utah State before anything else. SJSU lost a heartbreaker against Utah State last season on a touchdown pass with 47 seconds remaining in the game.MacIntyre not only wants to win Saturday for standings purposes but to also avenge the teams loss last season and added that his team knows how impactful this weekends game is on this season.They know it they understand how good Utah State is, he said. They know theyve beat us in heartbreaking fashion. No one on this team has beat that team.
INJURY REPORT Starters junior linebacker Keith Smith and sophomore wide receiver Jabari Carr are expected to play Saturday after missing the Sept. 29 12-0 win over Navy.

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