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No. 16 Stanford holds off North Carolina 25-23 in Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Bryce Love took over for the absent Christian McCaffrey in the Stanford backfield, running for 119 yards and catching a 49-yard touchdown pass to help the No. 16 Cardinal beat North Carolina 25-23 on Friday in the Sun Bowl.

Stanford (10-3) held on after North Carolina (8-5) pulled within two with 25 seconds left on Mitch Trubisky's 2-yard pass to Bug Howard, sacking Trubisky on the 2-point conversion try.

McCaffrey skipped the bowl game to focus on his NFL career.

Stanford took a 25-17 lead on Conrad Ukropina's 27-yard field goal with 3:23 left. North Carolina was forced to punt on its next series, but used two timeouts to get the ball back.

After taking over at their own 3, the Tar Heels drove 97 yards in 10 plays and 1:11. After competing passes of 44 and 27 yards, Trubisky capped the drive with the 2-yard scoring pass to Howard.

Stanford then sacked Trubisky on the 2-point try, a rush led by Solomon Thomas forcing the quarterback to retreat before being taken down. Thomas was selected the game's MVP, and the Cardinal defense also got a big game from safety Dallas Lloyd.

Lloyd intercepted Trubisky's pass in the first half, then again early in the fourth quarter. He returned that one 19 yards for a touchdown to give Stanford a 22-17 lead. That stalled a North Carolina rally that saw it go from being down 13-7 at the half and 16-7 early in the third to taking a 17-16 lead. That came after a 37-yard field goal by Nick Weiler and a 5-yard TD run by Jordon Brown.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: The Cardinal faced a lot of problems Friday. Starting quarterback Kellery Chryst left with a knee injury in the second quarter, forcing backup Ryan Burns into the game. At that point, they were without their top two backfield weapons. The Cardinal also uncharacteristically shot themselves in the foot with penalties, including two crucial ones that forced it into field goal tries. They finished the game with 12 penalties for 85 yards, but still won. Stanford also had a touchdown overturned on review. Ukropina kicked four field goals to tie a Sun Bowl record and was named the game's Most Valuable Special Teams Player. The Cardinal adjusted the game plan a little without McCaffrey, coming out throwing on four of their first five plays against a North Carolina defense loaded up to stop the run.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels hurt themselves in the first half with two turnovers, each of which led to a field goal, then added a killer in the third quarter when Lloyd intercepted Trubisky's pass and returned it for a TD. UNC couldn't overcome those mistakes. Defensively, however, North Carolina was solid in the first half, holding Stanford to a field goal after a turnover at their own 19 and forcing the Cardinal to kick four field goals despite being in the red zone three times.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Going into the Sun Bowl without McCaffrey, head coach David Shaw was asked if anything would change. He said no. The same goes for the Cardinal going into next season. Their season opener is Sept. 2 at Rice.

North Carolina: The big question is whether or not Trubisky will return next year. If so, the Tar Heels will return all but three players on offense, but will miss receiver Ryan Switzer and two starters on the line. Their season opener is Sept. 2 at home against California.

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Key Players
B. Love 20 RB
119 YDs, 0 TDs
M. Trubisky 10 QB
280 YDs, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 0:25
10-M.Trubisky sacked at STA 15 for -13 yards (90-S.Thomas).
plays
yds
pos
25
23
Touchdown 0:25
10-M.Trubisky complete to 84-B.Howard. 84-B.Howard runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
97
yds
01:09
pos
25
23
Field Goal 3:27
34-C.Ukropina 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
20
yds
07:13
pos
25
17
Missed Two Point Conversion 14:13
17-R.Burns incomplete. Intended for 19-J.Arcega-Whiteside.
plays
yds
pos
22
17
Touchdown 14:21
10-M.Trubisky incomplete. Intended for 8-T.Logan INTERCEPTED by 29-D.Lloyd at NC 19. 29-D.Lloyd runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
19
yds
0:00
pos
22
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:09
24-N.Weiler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
16
17
Touchdown 2:09
2-J.Brown runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
68
yds
03:12
pos
16
16
Field Goal 7:01
24-N.Weiler 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
25
yds
03:17
pos
16
10
Field Goal 10:23
34-C.Ukropina 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
6
yds
01:48
pos
16
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:38
34-C.Ukropina 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
-27
yds
01:14
pos
13
7
Field Goal 14:18
34-C.Ukropina 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
-38
yds
2:58
pos
10
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:11
34-C.Ukropina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:11
10-K.Chryst complete to 20-B.Love. 20-B.Love runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:47
pos
6
7
Point After TD 8:58
24-N.Weiler extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:58
10-M.Trubisky complete to 3-R.Switzer. 3-R.Switzer runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
32
yds
2:01
pos
0
6
1st Downs 15 25
Rushing 8 8
Passing 6 15
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 5-14 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 318 422
Total Plays 60 76
Avg Gain 5.3 5.6
Net Yards Rushing 133 119
Rush Attempts 44 37
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 3.2
Net Yards Passing 185 303
Comp. - Att. 9-17 23-39
Yards Per Pass 10.9 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-31 2-23
Penalties - Yards 12-80 7-50
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 5-49.8 4-44.8
Return Yards 88 26
Punts - Returns 1--4 2-7
Kickoffs - Returns 2-26 1-19
Int. - Returns 2-66 0-0
Kicking 4/5 3/4
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 3/4 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
18 Stanford 10-3763925
North Carolina 8-57010623
185 PASS YDS 303
133 RUSH YDS 119
318 TOTAL YDS 422
Stanford
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Burns 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.5% 86 0 0 120.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 1151 5 7 121.2
R. Burns 6/11 86 0 0
K. Chryst 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 68 1 0 200.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.6% 905 10 2 133.8
K. Chryst 3/6 68 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Love 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 119 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
111 783 3
B. Love 21 119 0 59
K. Chryst 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 159 2
K. Chryst 2 14 0 8
C. Scarlett 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 117 1
C. Scarlett 9 9 0 3
M. Rector 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 71 1
M. Rector 1 2 0 2
D. Marx 35 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Marx 1 1 0 1
R. Burns 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 11 0
R. Burns 8 -6 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Love 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 83 1
B. Love 1 49 1 49
F. Owusu 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 113 1
F. Owusu 1 41 0 41
J. Arcega-Whiteside 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 379 5
J. Arcega-Whiteside 3 28 0 17
D. Schultz 9 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 222 1
D. Schultz 2 19 0 16
M. Rector 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 367 3
M. Rector 1 12 0 12
T. Irwin 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 442 1
T. Irwin 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Thomas 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 2.0
S. Thomas 7-1 2.0 0
A. Murphy 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
A. Murphy 7-0 0.0 0
D. Lloyd 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 5 0.0
D. Lloyd 4-2 0.0 2
J. Reid 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Reid 4-2 0.0 0
K. Palma 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
K. Palma 4-2 0.0 0
Q. Meeks 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
Q. Meeks 4-0 0.0 0
B. Okereke 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
B. Okereke 4-2 1.0 0
H. Phillips 66 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
H. Phillips 3-5 0.0 0
P. Kalambayi 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
P. Kalambayi 2-1 0.0 0
N. Davis 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
N. Davis 2-0 0.0 0
J. Alfieri 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
J. Alfieri 2-1 0.0 0
M. Tyler 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Tyler 2-0 0.0 0
J. Perez 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Perez 2-0 0.0 0
B. Edwards 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
B. Edwards 2-0 0.0 0
J. Watkins 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Watkins 1-0 0.0 0
M. Branch 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
M. Branch 1-0 0.0 0
S. Barton 27 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Barton 1-0 0.0 0
F. Buncom 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
F. Buncom 0-1 0.0 0
D. Jackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Jackson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Ukropina 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
21/26 34/34
C. Ukropina 3/4 0 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Bailey 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 49.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 43.5 3
J. Bailey 5 49.8 3 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Palma 44 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 5.5 0 0
K. Palma 1 0.0 0 0
J. Tyler 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 26.0 26 0
J. Tyler 1 26.0 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Tyler 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -4.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 -5.5 0 0
J. Tyler 1 -4.0 0 0
North Carolina
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Trubisky 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 280 2 2 125.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 280 2 2 125.9
M. Trubisky 23/39 280 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Logan 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 72 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 72 0
T. Logan 19 72 0 14
M. Trubisky 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 39 0
M. Trubisky 14 39 0 16
J. Brown 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 45 1
J. Brown 3 5 1 5
R. Switzer 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
R. Switzer 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Proehl 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 91 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 597 3
A. Proehl 7 91 0 21
R. Switzer 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 85 1
R. Switzer 5 85 1 28
B. Howard 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 59 1
B. Howard 5 59 1 44
T. Jackson 48 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 186 4
T. Jackson 1 24 0 24
J. Cunningham 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 82 0
J. Cunningham 2 18 0 13
T. Logan 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 3 0
T. Logan 2 3 0 5
B. Fritts 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 59 1
B. Fritts 1 0 0 0
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Ratliff-Williams 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Collins 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
C. Collins 7-2 0.0 0
C. Holcomb 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
C. Holcomb 6-4 0.0 0
N. Jones 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
N. Jones 6-2 0.0 0
D. Green 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
D. Green 5-0 0.0 0
D. Lawrence 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Lawrence 4-0 0.0 0
M. Stewart 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
M. Stewart 4-1 0.0 0
A. Crawford 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Crawford 4-0 0.0 0
M. Carney 53 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
M. Carney 3-1 1.0 0
A. Smith 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Smith 2-1 0.0 0
D. Drennon 17 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
D. Drennon 2-2 1.0 0
M. Dorn 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Dorn 2-1 0.0 0
T. Powell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Powell 2-0 0.0 0
D. Miles 15 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Miles 1-1 0.0 0
M. Bart 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Bart 1-0 0.0 0
C. Bell Jr. 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Bell Jr. 1-1 0.0 0
J. Dalton 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Dalton 1-1 0.0 0
D. Mastromatteo 47 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Mastromatteo 1-0 0.0 0
J. Strowbridge 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Strowbridge 0-1 0.0 0
J. Clarke 49 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Clarke 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
N. Weiler 24 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
15/21 51/52
N. Weiler 1/2 37 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Sheldon 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 42.7 1
T. Sheldon 4 44.8 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
A. Ratliff-Williams 1 19.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 9 0
R. Switzer 2 3.5 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 STNFRD 25 1:35 3 9 Punt
8:58 STNFRD 25 2:47 6 75 TD
4:25 STNFRD 44 4:16 12 36
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UNC 20 0:42 2 -45 FG
11:41 UNC 20 1:18 4 -60 FG Miss
8:35 STNFRD 8 5:54 10 17 Punt
1:52 UNC 18 1:14 6 7 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:11 STNFRD 34 1:48 6 40 FG
6:56 STNFRD 25 1:27 3 5 Punt
2:01 STNFRD 26 1:23 3 9
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:40 STNFRD 20 7:13 13 65 FG
2:00 STNFRD 35 0:15 3 5 Punt
0:24 UNC 44 0:00 1 -1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:14 UNC 29 4:16 12 81 TD
6:04 UNC 19 1:30 3 -7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 UNC 35 2:19 5 21 INT
10:19 UNC 20 1:33 4 17 Punt
2:30 UNC 17 0:31 4 -7
0:32 UNC 25 0:25 5 8
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UNC 25 2:44 9 41 FG Miss
10:18 UNC 25 3:17 9 55 FG
5:21 UNC 32 3:12 9 68 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 UNC 13 0:31 1 1 INT
14:13 UNC 25 3:25 8 61 Punt
3:23 UNC 25 1:17 4 16 Punt
1:34 UNC 3 1:09 10 97 TD