Bryce Love and Jet Toner each extended streaks Saturday, helping the Stanford football team end a dubious streak with a 23-20 victory over host No. 20 Utah in a Pac-12 Conference game.
Palo Alto grad Keller Chryst returned to action, sharing time with K.J. Costello. The two quarterbacks combined for 188 passing yards. Neither threw for a touchdown but neither threw an interception. Chryst scored on a 7-yard run.
Love's 68-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter gives him seven touchdown runs of at least 50 yards. He's surpassed 100 yards in each of his first eight career starts. Only Christian McCaffrey did better with nine.
Love can match that at home Saturday when the Cardinal (4-2, 3-1) host Oregon in an 8 p.m. reunion homecoming contest.
Quinton Meeks and Justin Reid each intercepted a pass. For Reid, that's five on the season, ranking near the top in the nation as Stanford beat Utah for the first time under coach David Shaw. Reid still has no return yardage for his interceptions, something he can chuckle over.
Utah (4-1, 1-1) contained Love, the nation's leading rusher, for most of the night, though he continually got touches. He broke free on one of his final touches, making two defenders miss at the line, en route to his long scoring scamper.
Love has scored a touchdown in eight straight, the third-longest streak in Cardinal history, behind Toby Gerhart (11) and Tyler Gaffney (10). The score gave Stanford a 10-point edge, which stood until the Utes scored in the final minute.
The Utes had the ball at Stanford's 30-yard line on the ensuing possession. Trying to avoid a sack, quarterback Troy Williams threw the ball up for grabs. Meeks picked it to end the threat.
Reid's interception came with 5:52 remaining to play.