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Resilient Cardinal show big-game mettle

Originally Published: October 29, 2011
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- At first glance, this bit of epic college football poetry that was Stanford's 56-48 triple-overtime victory over USC ended with an inglorious thud. Trojans tailback Curtis McNeal fumbled on first-and-goal from the Cardinal 4-yard line. Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley picked up the ball. Game over. Four hours of tumultuous, thrilling football, and it ended with a sloppy miscue.

It was as though someone painted a mustache on the Mona Lisa. Or dumped a dollop of Miracle Whip ...

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