STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Bryce Love walked slowly out of Stanford's locker room and paused just long enough to grab a box of chicken and shake a few hands before heading home to rest his sore ankles.
Whether the nation's leading running back plays next week against No. 9 Notre Dame remains to be seen, but this much is certain: There are few players with Love's breakaway speed and even fewer who can reach that level while injured.
Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.