Spartans outduel Louisiana Tech, await bowl invitation

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Spartans outduel Louisiana Tech, await bowl invitation

The SJSU football team equaled its winningest season in program history Saturday night with a 52-43 win over Louisiana Tech University. The Spartans will now sit by the phone, with their heads held as high as they have been this entire season, awaiting a bowl invitation that is sure to come their way.SJSU outplayed the nation's top offense entering the game by out-gaining the Bulldogs 610-541 in total offense, obtaining the school's 10-win season since 1987.Its a dream, you dream of playing games like this its crazy, said quarterback David Fales, describing the teams second win in a row on national television. Im happy for the seniors to get them out like this. SJSU ends the regular season by handing LA Tech its first road loss of the season and grasping its first six-game winning streak since 1990, breaking records set the last time the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs en route to the accomplishment. The Spartans recorded 610 yards of total offense, the most since they defeated LA Tech 44-10 in 2006.My hats off to our team, to our captains, to our seniors, said head coach Mike MacIntyre. What a way to finish off the regular season, and thats fun to say because we have one more and we cant wait to play that one either.Our team captain said it best. David Quessenberry, he goes Guys, three years ago there were 120 Division I teams and we were probably No. 120. And today we can go out there and win 10 games on national television and show the world how far weve come, and those men have done it.Getting that tenth win was no walk in the park. The game was riddled with offense from both teams throughout, but SJSU (10-2, 5-1 WAC) was able to scrounge up enough defensive effort to stop LA Tech (9-3, 4-2 WAC) from keeping pace with its offense. Spartan defensive back Bene Benwikere intercepted three passes in the second half, the final being a game-sealing pick with just under a minute to play in the game. Coach Mac told us they were going to make plays; they were going make runs so we just had to stay focused and keep playing hard and thats what we did, Benwikere said. He told us dont get down whenever they make plays, make sure you make the play when its most important and I think the whole team definitely did that.MacIntyre said that with the explosive offense from LA Tech all he was hoping for was a turnover by his defense.I thought that if we could keep them from running, like we did, wed eventually pick them off and we did, MacIntyre said about the shootout nature of the football game. I kept thinking Dont turn the ball over and well win the football game because theyre going to turn it over and they did.Both teams offensive engines were set to full bore coming out of halftime, commencing a series of back-and-forth scores between the two teams. LA Tech scored on its first possession of the second half with a 29-yard field goal. SJSU responded about three minutes later with a 4-yard touchdown run by Ina Liaina to set the score at 31-30, SJSU lead.Just over a minute after Liaina found the end zone, LA Techs Myles White caught a 33-yard pass from quarterback Colby Cameron to the Bulldogs back ahead. Cameron finished the game with 468 yards on 38 of 59 passing, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Cameron hadnt thrown an interception all season until throwing two last week.The game saw its final lead change with a 32-yard touchdown run by SJSU running back DeLeon Eskridge, making the score 38-37. Eskridge tacked on another touchdown run of the 1-yard variety in the fourth quarter to pad the Spartan lead. Eskridge finished the evening with a single-game career-high 217 rushing yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns.I just was calm today, Eskridge said. I felt comfortable today. It was my last game, I wasn't overhyped I was just comfortable. The O-line blocks things up real well. Being loose helped be find the right reads but the holes were already there.LA Tech was able to creep back to within two points after the Eskridge 1-yard touchdown run. Cameron found Quinton Patton on a 10-yard pass with 11:37 left in the game but SJSU made sure the Bulldogs wouldnt complete the comeback. The Spartans scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Fales to wide receiver Jabari Carr to complete the games scoring at 52-43.Fales completed 25 of 37 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in the game. He also broke the SJSU single-season record for completions, which was held by Scott Rislov, who completed 275 passes in 2002. Fales finished the regular season with 294 completions.Both the Bulldogs and the Spartans scored on their first possessions of the second half. LA Tech opened the second half with a 69-yard drive finished off with a 24-yard field goal by Matt Nelson. SJSU took its next drive 57 yards and scored a touchdown on a 4-yard run by Ina Liaina.LA Tech scored twice in rapid succession to end the first half. With 1:57 left in the second quarter, Cameron found Patton without a Spartan within a 5-yard radius for a 52-yard touchdown strike. That deep passing touchdown made the score 24-20 in favor of SJSU.Spartan kick returner Forrest Hightower fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up LA Tech for a go-ahead drive with 1:46 in the first half. It did not take the Bulldogs long to capitalize, either. Cameron punched the ball into the end zone from a yard out just more than a minute later, sending the game into the half with a 27-24 Bulldog lead. The Spartans were able to make their way to the Bulldogs 28 yard line on their opening drive but were held short on third down, leading to an Austin Lopez 45-yard field goal to open the games scoring.The SJSU defense held LA Tech to just a single first down on its opening possession, returning the ball to the Spartans offense for another score. SJSU covered 88 yards on 8 plays on its second drive, capped by a 45-yard touchdown pass from Fales to Hansel Wilson, who crept out of the backfield and was found in stride.Hansel Wilson was an unsung hero of tonights ballgame, MacIntyre said.SJSUs other first-half turnover an interception by Fales early in the second quarter was turned into a scoring drive by the Bulldogs. A fake field goal shovel pass from David Gru to Malon Lee tricked the Spartan special teams and kept the Bulldogs within reach.As far as which bowl the Spartans will be invited to, the players and MacIntyre have no preference.I just want to be in one, MacIntyre said. I want our kids to in one and enjoy the moment. I dont know where well be, but I tell you what well be happy to be there and play the best we can play.

Humphrey scores 21 to help Stanford beat Oregon State 62-46

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Humphrey scores 21 to help Stanford beat Oregon State 62-46

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Michael Humphrey had 21 points and Marcus Allen added a career-high 12 to lead Stanford to a 62-46 victory Thursday night over Oregon State, keeping the Beavers winless in Pac-12 conference play.

It was the third straight win for the Cardinal (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12), coming off a pair of victories at home last week against the league's Washington schools.

Stephen Thompson Jr. led the Beavers (4-15, 0-6) with 15 points. Oregon State, which trailed by as many as 17 points late after jumping out to an early nine-point lead, has lost six straight games.

The Cardinal were without Reid Travis, the team's top scorer and rebounder with averages of 16.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Reid injured his right shoulder in Stanford's 76-69 victory over Washington last Saturday. He had missed the previous two games with a similar injury.

The Beavers have struggled without top scorer Tres Tinkle, who was averaging 20.2 points a game before he broke his right wrist on Nov. 25 against Fresno State. Tinkle has missed 13 games.

But Oregon State did have forward Drew Eubanks, who was a game-time decision because of a thigh injury. Eubanks was averaging 14.6 points going in. He finished with eight points against Stanford.

Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle tweaked his starting lineup, giving sophomore Gligorije Ravocevic his first career start. Ravocevic replaced Matt Dahlen, who had started the last 10 games.

At least at the start, the Beavers had spark, going up 16-7 on three consecutive 3-pointers — two by Thompson and a third by JaQuori McLaughlin. Thompson hit another 3 to give Oregon State a 19-11 lead.

But Stanford closed the gap, pulling within 20-17 on Marcus Sheffield's jumper with a little more than five minutes left before the break.

Humphrey's dunk got Stanford within 25-23, and Allen's layup tied it. Humphrey made two free throws to give the Cardinal a 27-25 halftime lead.

Sheffield's 3-pointer made it 37-32 with 12:35 left as the Cardinal began to pull away. Humphrey's layup stretched the lead to 45-36 with 8:20 left.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal won six of the previous eight meetings with Oregon State. ... Allen was making his first start of the season.

Oregon State: The Beavers have been hurt by injuries this season. Players have missed more than 40 games, including center Cheikh N'diaye, who has missed 10 games and is out indefinitely with an injured left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal visit No. 11 Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks defeated California 86-63 on Thursday, but preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks injured his lower left leg late in the first half and did not return.

Oregon State: The Beavers host the Golden Bears on Saturday night.

Cal falls to No. 11 Oregon; Ducks lose Brooks

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Cal falls to No. 11 Oregon; Ducks lose Brooks

EUGENE, Ore. — Jordan Bell scored a career-high 26 points, Casey Benson had 15 on five 3-pointers and No. 11 Oregon rolled to an 86-63 victory over California on Thursday night.

The Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) matched a 104-year-old school record with their 15th consecutive win, but they lost preseason All-America Dillon Brooks to a lower leg injury late in the first half.

Brooks, who had offseason surgery on his left foot, limped off the court as Oregon was building a 44-30 halftime lead. Oregon officials tweeted that Brooks had injured his lower left leg after he did not appear with his teammates for the second half.

Bell took up the scoring slack by shooting 11 of 12 from the field to go with six rebounds and four blocked shots.

Jabari Bird had 21 points to lead the Golden Bears (13-6, 4-3), who had won three straight and eight of their last 10 meetings with the Ducks.