STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford coach David Shaw made positive he distributed reward throughout the board after his staff’s 30-22 win over No. 9 Washington on Friday evening. One by one, he listed them off: the offensive line, the coordinators, his quarterback, his opponent, and so forth.
Then there was an abrupt cease.
Washington and the Pac-12 will not get a return journey to the College Football Playoff after the Huskies’ 30-22 loss Friday, their second of the season.
“Oh, and then there’s Bryce Love,” Shaw stated, referring to the Cardinal operating again. “He played on one leg and played a phenomenal game. I’m not gonna mention any awards, but if he doesn’t win ’em all, then I don’t know what’s going on. This guy is unbelievable.”
Love, a junior, saved himself within the Heisman Trophy dialog by speeding for 166 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns. He did so in opposition to a Huskies protection that had allowed solely three speeding touchdowns all season, all of them 1-yard runs, and hadn’t allowed any staff to attain greater than two touchdowns in a single recreation.
Love hasn’t accomplished a full observe in over a month resulting from an ankle harm and aggravated it once more Friday evening. It did not matter. Against the nation’s top-ranked protection, Love wasn’t staying out of the sport for lengthy. He was sidelined briefly a few instances to get his ankle re-taped, however one way or the other received higher as the sport went alongside.
“He pours his heart out for his teammates,” Shaw stated. “I don’t know if you could ask for anything more of a football player. I don’t know if you could find a better football player in America than Bryce Love.”
Love’s three scores — on runs of 1, 9 and 13 yards — convey his whole this season to 15, tied for third nationally. His closing carry of the evening was his longest: an essential 35-yard run because the Cardinal (7-2, 6-2 Pac-12) tried to kill off the sport.
“I definitely felt like I was getting in more of a groove [as the game progressed],” Love stated. “Just seeing things better, feeling a little better, just knowing things would open up.”
Love’s large efficiency helped maintain the Cardinal in competition for the Pac-12 title. He has rushed for 1,622 yards on the season, which ranks fourth on Stanford’s single-season listing.