The first time Bryce Love touched the football Saturday, he was stopped for no gain. The second time? A 61-yard touchdown romp that sparked a Stanford record 301 rushing yards and a 34-24 Pac-12 football victory over visiting Arizona State.
There must be a way to stop Love but through five games no one has figured it out. He became the third running back to gain at least 1,000 yards through his team's first five games since 2004.
"He didn't do anything special, he just did his thing," ASU defensive lineman Tashon Smallwood said. "He's a great back."
"Every time he broke off a run we had a guy unblocked there," Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said. "Credit to him. He's hard to tackle."
K.J. Costello also got into the act, completing 15 of 24 passes for 173 yards, including a 12-yard scoring toss to JJ Arecga-Whiteside, as the Cardinal (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Jet Toner kicked a pair of field goals for Stanford, which plays at Utah next Saturday night.