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

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Stanford got its usual dual-threat, standout performance from its running back Friday, but this time it wasn't Christian McCaffrey.

Bryce Love took over for the absent McCaffrey in the backfield, running for 119 yards and catching a 49-yard touchdown pass to help No. 16 Stanford beat North Carolina 25-23 in the Sun Bowl.

''I always feel like my next game will be my best one,'' said Love, channeling his inner Tom Brady when asked if this was his biggest game or best win. He then added, ''But it's always good to win.''

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.

''When the game was on the line and we had to make a big play, we did,'' Stanford coach David Shaw said. ''It was an outstanding football game. Two really tough, talented football teams played all the way to the end. Thankfully, our guys made enough plays at the end to seal the victory.''

McCaffrey skipped the bowl game to focus on his NFL career. Still, in the postgame press conference, Shaw made sure his contributions to the team weren't overlooked.

''You heard my comments (in the postgame ceremony) thanking Christian,'' he said. ''When we weren't playing well, he was playing great. At the end of the year, he played so well. He played so hard until the rest of us on offense started picking it up around him. So this six-game run that we finished the season on is a large part to him.''

Enter Love, who showed flashes of what he could do with a 100-yard-plus performance and a score against Notre Dame. He ran for more than 600 yards this season in a backup role, though everyone said they were excited to see what he could do. That included North Carolina, which also recruited the Wake Forest, North Carolina, product.

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.

''It's an honor to go out on a win,'' said Solomon, a junior who also is considering entering the draft. ''I'm in no rush. I just want to enjoy this victory with my teammates.''

Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd intercepted two of Trubisky's passes, returning the second 19 yards for a touchdown to give Stanford a 22-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.

''If you're in the right place at the right time, good things will happen,'' Lloyd said.

Trubisky also is projected by some as a possible first-round pick if he declares for the NFL draft. But the junior and former Ohio Mr. Football wasn't ready to even think about that after the game.

''I'm not going to think about it for a couple of days,'' he said.

Trubisky finished 23 of 39 passing for 280 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: The Cardinal faced a lot of problems Friday. Starting quarterback Keller 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. They finished the game with 12 penalties for 85 yards, but still won. ''We got a little sloppy,'' Shaw said.

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.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Ukropina kicked four field goals to tie a Sun Bowl record and was named the game's Most Valuable Special Teams Player. He also set a Stanford record for field goals in a season with 22. He set the record with his second-quarter kick, then added two more. ''It feels great. I love winning with my teammates.''

UP NEXT

Stanford: Going into the Sun Bowl without McCaffrey, 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. The Tar Heels' 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
Team Stats
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 10-3 763925
North Carolina 8-5 7010623
185 PASS YDS 303
133 RUSH YDS 119
318 TOTAL YDS 422
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
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