Wade Payne/APStanford pitching coach Rusty Filter

No. 8 Stanford back in hunt for Pac-12, BCS titles

Any worries Stanford coach David Shaw had about how his team would respond from a loss at Utah last week subsided when more players showed up in the weight room the following day — a voluntary day off — than any time in the last two years.

The intensity picked up in practice throughout the week and showed up even more in a 24-10 victory over previously undefeated UCLA (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday that sent a resounding statement across the nation: the defending Pac-12 Conference champions aren’t going anywhere just yet.

After a week filled with upsets, the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) climbed five spots to No. 8 in the new Associated Press poll Sunday. They are the highest ranked one-loss team.

“Guys were in there. Guys wanted to bounce back,” Shaw said. “They wanted to turn the page and move on, and the advice that I gave them earlier was, ‘Bring last week with you. Bring it with you. Bring the lessons learned about how hard you have to play, about how smart you have to play and about how you have to finish.’”

In the last four years, Stanford has been at its best after getting knocked down. The Cardinal haven’t dropped consecutive games since October 2009, when they lost at Oregon State and at Arizona.

Shaw said the resilience his team has shown goes well beyond scheme and talent. He credits the “tough-minded” character of players and coaches who embrace the challenge of correcting mistakes.

“That’s kind of our second nature,” said linebacker Trent Murphy, who has a team-leading seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss. “That’s how we practice and train in the offseason. The biggest thing is fighting adversity. It’s kind of one of our team goals, one of our team mottos, and that kind of starts in practice for us. We respond to everything. Definitely just our style of football.”

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

‘Mad Mob’ aims to influence SF City Hall on mental health policies

They are fed up with City Hall telling those who need the services what’s best for them

Police efforts to stem 49ers revelry in Mission District spark backlash

SFPD preparing for potential bonfires, vandalism on Super Bowl Sunday

Calendar of Events: San Francisco celebrates the Year of the Rat

JAN. 25 Choy Sun Doe Day: The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of… Continue reading

BART study: Ending paper tickets would ‘disproportionately’ impact low-income riders, people of color

When BART eventually eliminates its magnetic-stripe paper tickets from use, it will… Continue reading

Second case of respiratory coronavirus confirmed in U.S.

The woman, who is in her 60s, remained hospitalized Friday and her condition had been stabilized

Most Read