Bay Area Buzz 11/23: Stanford Beats Cal, Kings Win, Latavius Murray


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Stanford Beats Cal

"BERKELEY — Remound Wright ran for four touchdowns, and Stanford used a smothering defensive effort to rout rival California 38-17 on Saturday and clinch bowl eligibility.Blake Martinez intercepted two passes and forced a fumble as the Cardinal (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12) created five turnovers. Stanford beat the Golden Bears (5-6, 3-6) for the fifth straight year in the Big Game, parading around Memorial Stadium with the Axe in front of an emptying crowd of 56,483.Jared Goff tied Cal’s record for touchdowns and broke his own school record for yards passing in a season but had little to show for his milestones. He threw for 182 yards, one TD and two interceptions.Cal can still clinch bowl eligibility at home against BYU next week."

Associated Press, CSN Bay Area

Kings Win

"To be good in the NBA, you have to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat and, although filled with talent, the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-9), lacking Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic and others, are a team the Sacramento Kings (8-5) need to beat to be successful. A slow start from the Kings had fans upset, but the Kings in the fourth quarter would get their space as DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore led the Kings to a 113-101 victory.Cousins’ 31 points and 18 rebounds and McLemore’s season-high 22 points, while hitting four three-pointers, were the highlights of the evening. The Kings had 24 assists but also turned the ball over 18 times in the win."

Nick Avila, A Royal Pain

Latavius Murray

"Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray had the best first half of any running back on the team this season, breaking 100 yards and scoring two crucial touchdowns in the team’s first win of 2014. Because of that, as well as the struggles of Darren McFadden along with Maurice Jones-Drew, hype around the second year running back is high this weekend following the Thursday Night football breakout.However according to, interim head coach Tony Sparano wants perspective to be used when getting excited about a player who has only put together three strong quarters of running in his NFL career including his four carries against the San Diego Chargers. Trying to slow the Latavius Murray hype train just a little while the UCF product is recovering from a concussion suffered in the second quarter.…Sparano’s comments are well intended as there is a lot of pressure on Murray to set the world on fire every time he gets a touch after his big performances as of late, that doesn’t mean that Murray won’t be getting more touches, but for now there is value in keeping expectations for the second year back realistic until he impresses over a consistent basis. We will see if that happens over the course of the rest of the season, but recent returns indicate that Murray’s hype will continue."

Chase Ruttig, Just Blog Baby