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Nation’s leading rusher Bryce Love available for Stanford on Saturday against Washington State

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) watches from the sidelines in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Utah on Oct. 7. Love was dealing with an ankle injury, but has been cleared to play against Washington State on Saturday. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) watches from the sidelines in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Utah on Oct. 7. Love was dealing with an ankle injury, but has been cleared to play against Washington State on Saturday. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

PULLMAN – The Cougars will see the nation’s leading rusher after all.

Bryce Love, whose 1,387 rushing yards lead the FBS, has battled an ankle injury for nearly two weeks, but it won’t prevent the Stanford running back from appearing in a crucial Pac-12 North game at Martin Stadium (12:30 p.m., Fox 28).

Stanford took to Twitter Friday afternoon to announce that Love would play against the Cougars.

The junior from North Carolina missed last week’s game at Oregon State with the ankle ailment and didn’t work out with the Cardinal on Monday, but has practiced since then. Stanford barely squeaked past the one-win Beavers without their star, winning 15-14 in Corvallis.

With Love in the mix, the Cardinal are scoring 37.6 points per game in the Pac-12. The running back hasn’t rushed for fewer than 147 yards in a single game this season and averages 10.3 yards per carry. He’s also scored 11 touchdowns.

Stanford will be missing a few key players in other spots, though. Cornerback Alijah Holder sustained an injury in the Oregon State game and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Inside linebacker Joey Alfieri won’t play in the first half because of a targeting ejection that occurred in the second half against OSU. Alfieri will be available to return in the second half of Saturday’s game against WSU.


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