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Stanford rewards Shaw with 'long-term' extension

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Stanford rewards Shaw with 'long-term' extension

STANFORD -- Stanford President John Hennessy and athletic director Bernard Muir announced Wednesday an agreement for the long-term contract extension of Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw with Stanford Athletics and Stanford University.

“David Shaw has led the football program to great success,” said Hennessy. “He embodies the goal we have for our scholar-athletes—success in the classroom and on the field. We are pleased that he will lead our football program for years to come.”

“David has demonstrated great success as a leader within the Stanford community and as a mentor to scholar-athletes who wear the Cardinal uniform,” said Muir. “This agreement provides added stability and reassurance that David will be at the helm to secure our football program's long-term sustained success.”Shaw is in his second year as Stanford Football’s head coach, hired Jan. 13, 2011. He served the previous four years as the Cardinal’s offensive coordinator.

“My family and I would like to thank Athletic Director Bernard Muir for being very proactive throughout this process,” said Shaw. “I am looking forward to seeing our athletic department continue to grow under his leadership.

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“I would also like to thank President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy for providing the support and resources necessary to build and maintain one of the top football programs in the country here at Stanford University.

“I feel blessed to work every day with an outstanding staff and coach the best group of young men in America, and I am excited to lead the Stanford Football program for many years to come.”

Stanford is one of just four teams in the nation from BCS conferences to compile 34 or more wins over the last three seasons along with Oregon (35), LSU (34) and Alabama (34). The Cardinal’s .872 winning percentage since 2010 is tied for third-best among FBS teams during that stretch.

Stanford’s three straight 11-win seasons are unprecedented in school history. Stanford had never won 11 games prior to 2010 and had reached 10 wins only three times previously (1926, 1942 and 1992).

Shaw guided the 11-2 Cardinal this season to its first Pac-12 Championship in 13 years and a berth in the 99th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. This marks the third consecutive BCS bowl for Stanford, a feat claimed by just seven other schools. On the heels of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl and 2011 Orange Bowl, the Cardinal have achieved the rare distinction of playing in three different BCS bowls in three straight years, matched only Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon in the Bowl Championship Series era of college football.

A four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1991-94 as a wide receiver, Shaw was a member of Stanford's 1991 Aloha Bowl team coached by Dennis Green that finished the season with an 8-4 mark and was the third-highest scoring team in school history. He was also on the Cardinal's Blockbuster Bowl-winning squad coached by Bill Walsh that had a 10-3 overall mark and final No. 9 ranking in 1992. Shaw finished his Stanford career with 57 catches for 664 yards and five touchdowns.

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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