Posted October 30, 2011 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Stands as 1st Ld-Writethru on state line to update with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer David Shaw waited through nearly a full year of blowout victories to see what Stanford would do when faced with real pressure and dire circumstances. They don't get much more dire than a triple-overtime game against rival Southern California in a sold-out Coliseum, and the fourth-ranked Cardinal emerged with a victory that told their coach more about his team's character than any blowout ever could. ''I tell you what, our guys fight,'' said Shaw, who still hasn't lost as a rookie head coach after the 56-48 victory. ''They just kept fighting.'' When they finally caught their breath after three tense overtimes ended with Curtis McNeal's fumble for USC inside the Stanford 5, the Cardinal (8-0, 6-0 Pac-12) felt stronger. Just about everybody in the Stanford locker room appreciated this valuable tuneup for thei...

Video: USC Fumble Gives Stanford the Win, Cover

USC running back Curtis McNeal fumbled in the third overtime Saturday to keep the Trojans from beating Stanford. USC played an excellent game and led for most of the fourth quarter before losing 56-48. It can be argued that they should have won in regulation. After the teams traded touchdowns in the first two overtimes, [...]

USC upset bid falters against Stanford in third overtime

Trojans lose a heartbreaker, 56-48, to the unbeaten Cardinal when Curtis McNeal fumbles into the end zone.Trojans lose a heartbreaker, 56-48, to the unbeaten Cardinal when Curtis McNeal fumbles into the end zone.
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