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Bryce Love has at least one run of 50 yards or more in every game he's played this season. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Bryce Love survived Stanford's 24-21 Pac-12 Conference football loss at Washington State on Saturday "OK but not 100 percent," Cardinal coach David Shaw said at a Monday press conference.

Love is likely to play against visiting Washington on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., though Shaw indicated the running back will continue to rehab this week.


Ben Burr-Kirven/UW Athletics
"We'll be careful in practice," Shaw said.

Love's 2,465 career rushing yards rank ninth all-time at Stanford. Tyler Gaffney is eighth with 2,500 yards and Mike Mitchell is seventh with 2,550.

Love was limited to 69 yards rushing by the Cougars defense, though 52 came on one touchdown run.

San Diego State's Rashaad Perry surpassed Love nationally with 1,602 total yards in 10 games. Love is second with 1,456 yards in eight games and continues to lead the nation with his 182.0 yards per game average. He's also second in yards per carry at 9.6, behind Arizona's Khalil Tate's 11.4.

Freshman offensive tackle Walker Little will miss this week's game and will likely miss the following week against California. Sophomore Devery Hamilton (6-7, 301) will start in his place.

Stanford (6-3, 5-2) will be facing one of the top defenses in the nation on Friday night. The Huskies rank second nationally in scoring defense (11.1) and is second in total defense (240.9).

"That's as good a defense as we've seen since I've been here," Shaw said. "They're explosive, big, physical, fast and they don't give up big plays or touchdowns."

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Burr-Kirven leads Washington (8-1, 5-1) with 59 tackles. Myles Bryant and Taylor Rapp are tied for second, each with 40 tackles.

"He always plays with that fire since high school," Shaw said of Burr-Kirven. "He was one of those guys who were inbetween. Is he a safety? Is he a linebacker? I think he put on 25 yards and he plays hard, aggressively. There's no hesitancy in his game. The guys makes tackles."

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