Luck maintains lead in tight race


Luck maintains lead in tight race

Rank PlayerPositionSchool Recent game stats Next game Comment 1 Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 23-27, 227 yards, 3 TD in 45-19 win over UCLA Colorado To maintain the lead while playing against weak opponents he will have to be close to perfect -- does anybody doubt that he won't be? 2 Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama 29 rushes, 181 yards, 2 TD in 38-10 win at 12 Florida Vanderbilt He's the best running back in the country for the 2 team, and has more TDs and just 55 fewer yards than Marcus Lattimore, despite 31 less carries. 3 Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin 14-20, 255 yards, 2 TD, rush TD in 48-17 win over 8 Nebraska Idle, then Indiana Nobody did more for himself, or his team over the weekend than Russell Wilson -- only ranked opponent left is at 19 Illinois November 19. Will this hurt him? 4 Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 23-31, 346 yards, 5 TD, INT in 36-35 loss at Kansas State Iowa State Would be sitting right behind Luck had K-State not converted his first INT of the season into the game-winning score. Nobody has been better in 2011, however. 5 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State 19-33, 142 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT in 30-10 win over Nevada. At Fresno State (Friday) Lackluster performance dropped him significantly this week -- will be difficult to make up with no more ranked opponents on schedule. Come on Kellen, I picked you! 6 Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma 23-33, 425 yards, 5 TD, INT in 62-6 win over Ball State 11 Texas Coach Stoops didn't need to have Jones throwing touchdowns with OU leading 45-6 in the 4th, unless of course, he's trying to elevate his QB's Heisman stock. 7 Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State Idle Kansas 74.3 completion and 1,592 yards in four games for the 6 Cowboys. After Kansas, two road tests at 11 Texas and Missouri, then 25 Baylor and 20 K-State yikes 8 Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan 15-19, 169 yards, 2 TD, 6 rushes, 51 yards, rush TD in 58-0 win over Minnesota At Northwestern Ten years later, and we have ourselves another Eric Crouch (who did win the Heisman in '01). No chance for Robinson until the Wolverines beat somebody noteworthy. 9 LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Idle California (Thursday) Has 613 yards on just 65 rushes, for a cool 9.4 yards per carry! Oddly enough, he's flying under the radar right now, much like the Ducks. He, and they, won't be for long. 10 Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina 17 rushes, 66 yards, TD in 16-13 loss to Auburn Kentucky Without LSU or 'Bama on the schedule, it could have been a special year for Lattimore and South Carolina. But then they realized their QB was the inept Stephen Garcia.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.