(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 their showdown Nov. 12 with No. 6 Oregon, the only t...