The junior running back ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinal’s 39-37 loss to TCU, but he did so much more. Love eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in the first half and broke Christian McCaffrey’s single-season rushing record (2,019) for Stanford as well.
In addition, by eclipsing the century mark yet again, he tied Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary for the most 100-yard rushing games on the year with 12. Also, with his 69-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Love tallied his 12th touchdown of 50 yards or more on the season. Only Arizona’s team had more.
The 20-year-old is viewed as one of the top running backs in the draft and is a likely first-round pick, but he does have some injury concerns with the ankle injury which forced him to miss a game earlier this season and a hand injury which forced him to miss the end of Thursday’s game.
Alabama and Georgia will meet at the epicenter of SEC football in Atlanta to battle it out for the national championship trophy. Here’s what to expect.
That’s how it’s gone when Saban has faced a former assistant: He’s 11-0 against five guys who used to coach for him.
Saban began the drive to a national championship this season with a 24-7 victory over one former assistant, Jimbo Fisher of Florida State, and he will end it by facing another. Saban said about what you would expect him to say about Smart, who worked for him at LSU and the Miami Dolphins before joining him at Alabama in 2007.
He’s a good football coach, a very bright guy, Saban said of Smart. And he took over a program that has been successful … and he’s done a great job of taking it to the next level.
Smart not only knows how Saban thinks, but as Saban’s top recruiter during his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Smart had a hand in signing just about every player in an Alabama uniform.
It’s going to be strange seeing him in a Georgia Bulldog shirt, free safety Ronnie Harrison said. It’s still all love, though.