Stanford running back Bryce Love knew he and his teammates would need to match Washington’s physicality if they were going to have any success against the nation’s stingiest defenses. They accomplished their mission, beating the Huskies 30-22, with Love running for 166 total yards and three touchdowns.
Coming off that monster performance, Love joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and described the challenge he and his teammates faced last week.
“We knew we had a challenge, and we knew we had to go out and play our brand of football,” Love said. “That’s just being physical from start to finish. And that paid off in the end.”
Love’s big night came in spite of a gimpy ankle, the one thing that’s slowed him down this season. But averaging 9.0 yards per carry and running for over 1,600 yards in just nine games, the Stanford junior is right in the mix for the Heisman Trophy, an award he couldn’t ignore.
“It really puts things in perspective, and it’s humbling just too mentioned being up for the award,” Love said. “I remember so many days, so many years, sitting there watching and not even knowing it’s a real thing, just dreaming about it, just being a kid in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
“It’s amazing. Like I always say, it’s a testament to my teammates. I look at it as a team award. If I could break off little pieces and spread it around, I definitely would, because everybody around me deserves that same type of focus and concentration. I’m just thankful to be out here. But at the same time, I know we still have some odd weeks in the season, and we’re just concentrating, going one week at a time as well.”
Next up for Love and his team is Cal. The “Big Game” is one of college football’s fiercest rivalries.
“We’re definitely familiar with each other,” Love said. “Being a part of this program you definitely hear the history of the game and I’m sure you hear it over there as well. You hear the students at practice, you have the Hoover Tower with the red light on it, the fountain painted, the ‘Beat Cal’ signs everywhere. It’s just an amazing atmosphere.”