October 8, 2007

Cardinal players, coaches ecstatic

While fans are ecstatic over Stanford's 24-23 over then #1 USC on Saturday, nothing can match the elation from the Cardinal coaches and players. Needless to say, they're all thrilled to pull off one of the biggest upsets in college football history.

Tavita Pritchard is going to go down as the hero of the game, and rightfully so. Thus, it is not surprising to see that Jim Harbaugh had plenty to say about him after the victory.

"I don't know if there's ever been a game where there has been a team that was a 40-point underdog and a guy making his first start that approached it the way Tavita Pritchard did the entire week and tonight," Harbaugh said.

"He had a gleam in his eye from (last) Sunday on. He had a chance to play in this game, and he took it head-on. He played great. He was a true warrior. We found another warrior. He was excited and into the game from the very first snap. He played his heart out and so did our team."

While nobody gave Stanford a chance to win, Harbaugh seemingly believed that the Cardinal had a legitimate chance of pulling off the upset.

"It was really from pre-game on," he said. "They went out in pre-game and just warmed up. A lot of times you see a team that's nervous. They get over-hyped, and they spend it all in the pre-game warm-ups. I knew that they were locked in pre-game.

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