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Stanford finds no answers for Colorado in blowout loss

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Stanford finds no answers for Colorado in blowout loss

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Passing the ball with aplomb and showing a zeal for sharing the load offensively brought out the best in Colorado.

Lucas Siewert, George King and Xavier Johnson each scored 15 points and Colorado pulled away in the second half to beat Stanford 91-72 Thursday night.

Wesley Gordon, Deleon Brown and Tory Miller added 10 points apiece as part of a balanced offense that carried the Buffaloes (17-13, 7-10 Pac-12) to their eighth consecutive victory against Stanford (14-15, 6-11).

"When you have 25 assists and six turnovers, you're hopefully going to win a lot of game," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "We really shared the ball tonight. Togetherness on offense was big-time. I think this team showed when we play together, because we don't have one guy that can carry this squad, when we play together and share it offensively and play with energy and passion defensively, this team can be as good as they want to be and beat any team in our league. But we've also shown when we don't, we're very average."

The Buffaloes were anything but average against the Cardinal, outshooting Stanford from the floor 56 percent to 45 percent. They did it by being patient and getting the ball to the open man.

"We've been talking all week about sharing the ball, getting the best shot," said Derrick White, who had eight of Colorado's assists to go with his nine points. "When we're moving the ball like that and no one has an agenda and no one is hunting their shots, we're hard to guard and getting easy looks. It's something we need to continue to do."

Stanford coach Jerod Haase said the Cardinal had all kinds of problems with Colorado, especially defensively.

"They outplayed us in every statistical category," he said. "It definitely started on the defensive end with the inability to guard. We weren't guarding their three-point shooters and they were able to spread out and have their way."

Marcus Allen had 15 points to lead the Cardinal. Reid Travis added 14 points.

Up by six at the half, Colorado seized control of the game with a stunning barrage of baskets starting the second half.

The 3-1/2 minute flurry in which Colorado outscored Stanford 16-5 carried the Buffaloes to a 57-40 lead and featured a driving dunk by Gordon and 3-pointers King and Johnson.

Stanford trailed 65-49 when Colorado took off again on a 10-2 run, ignited by Brown's 3-pointer and the Buffaloes' lead mushroomed to 23 points with 9 minutes remaining. Stanford did not threaten the rest of the way.

Colorado took a 41-35 lead at halftime, breaking away from a 28-all tie by outscoring Stanford 13-7 in the last four minutes of the period. Brown, King and Siewert all hit 3-pointers for Colorado in that span.

HOME COOKING

Colorado coach Tad Boyle registered his 100th win at the Coors Events Center, where he has gone 100-18 in seven seasons.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal's inconsistent play this season again came to the fore against Colorado, absorbing a 19-point loss after pushing No. 6 Oregon to the limit before losing 75-73 last week. Stanford played the Buffaloes close for most of the first half but crumbled in the second half.

Colorado: The Buffaloes moved into a seventh-place tie with Arizona State in the conference standings and will go into the Pac-12 tournament anywhere from the No. 7-10 seed. Colorado has recovered nicely from its 0-7 start in Pac-12 play, going 7-3 in its last 10 games with one regular season game remaining.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Rounds out the regular season by visiting Utah on Saturday.

Colorado: Hosts California on Saturday afternoon in a regular season finale.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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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