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Stanford Cardinal looking ahead, not dwelling on loss

Stanford players aren't focused on their upset loss to Washington and are instead looking ahead to Saturday's game against Arizona.

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Following their 17-13 loss to Washington, the Stanford Cardinal aren't wasting anytime sulking. Instead, the players and coaches have already moved on to Saturday's game against Arizona.

Head coach David Shaw said the players got over the loss quickly, even faster than coaches, fans and others.

"These kids bounce back. These players are more resilient than the coaches, more resilient than the media, than fans," Shaw said, according to the Mercury News. "We dwell, they don't."

Instead of sulking and focusing on the upset loss, the players have put it behind them and are not letting it impact their week of preparation. Senior defensive tackle Terrence Stephens said focusing on the loss only makes matters worse.

"One of the things I learned in high school, after a loss you have 24 hours to sulk, cry in your bed, and after that, you better get up and be a man about it," Stephens said. "If you sit there and sulk in your misery, it's only going to get worse."

Linebacker Shayne Skov said the players can't let a loss effect the way they prepare for the next game. Instead he said the team has to "prepare the next week like you did before."

Moving on quickly is important for Stanford who, despite the loss, remain in the thick of the Pac-12 race. Only three Pac-12 teams are yet to lose a conference game with Oregon and Oregon State tied atop the Pac-12 North at 2-0. Stanford will face both teams later in the season, allowing them to nearly control their own destiny.