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Stanford football 'Loves' its offensive productivity

 
Bryce Love scored on this 67-yard run in the first quarter. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Bryce Love runs to his own tempo and football fans are lucky enough to catch a brief glimpse. Gone in the blink of an eye, Love again carried No. 23 Stanford to victory.

The Cardinal gained 504 total offensive yards in beating visiting Oregon, 49-7, in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday.


Bryce Love

Curtis Robinson

Colby Parkinson
Stanford coach David Shaw had to be particularly happy with the distribution of those yards, nearly an even split between rushing and passing.

Love, used relatively sparingly in this one, gained 147 yards on 17 carries and gave the Cardinal (5-2, 4-1) a 14-0 advantage less than five minutes into the game. Oh yeah, he gained over 100 yards in that same time period.

Love has gained at least 100 yards in nine consecutive games. He's also had a run of at least 50 yards in each of those games. Pretty soon, Love can be an answer to a mathematical word problem.

Love, who has 1,387 yards through seven games, helped Stanford win its fourth straight.

Palo Alto's own Keller Chryst threw two of his three touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside, completing 15-of-21 passes for 181 yards before making a smooth transition to K.J. Costello, who threw for 59 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-6 passing.

Stanford also scored on a blocked punt. Curtis Robinson set the ball free and Brandon Simmons ran it down, picked it up and took it two yards for the score.

Oregon was held to its lowest-scoring game in nearly 10 years, or since the Ducks were whitewashed by UCLA in 2007.

The Cardinal leapt into first place of the North Division, following losses by previously undefeated No. 5 Washington to Arizona State on Saturday, and No. 8 Washington State to California on Friday.

Arcega-Whiteside caught six passes for 112 yards and the two touchdowns. Colby Parkinson also caught a pair of touchdowns, one each from Chryst and Costello.

Robinson, who saw extended playing time because Peter Kalambayi had to sit out the first half, led the Cardinal with seven tackles, including five solo.

Harrison Phillips also had to sit out the first half but both absences were barely noticed as Stanford scored three times in the first quarter and held a 28-7 halftime lead.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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