CARDINAL CORNER ...Stanford allowed the defense to take charge and it led to another football bowl victory, this one a crazy 14-13 decision over Pittsburgh in Monday's Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso. "Our defense gave up some yards but didn't give up a bunch of touchdowns," Stanford coach David Shaw said. The winning touchdown occurred early in the fourth quarter when Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello had the ball knocked loose trying to score from two yards out. Senior running back Cameron Scarlett caught the fumble in the end zone. "Just like we drew it up," said Scarlett, who rushed for 94 yards. "K.J. thought he saw something and I was just fortunate the ball ended up in my hands." Stanford receiver Michael Wilson rushed for nine yards, in his only carry, for a first down that sealed the victory in the final two minutes. Costello, without five starting offensive players, passed for 105 yards, completing six of 17 attempts. JJ Arcega-Whiteside caught three passes for 90 yards. The Cardinal did not convert its five third downs in the first half but stayed in the game because of big plays from the defense, including a huge quarterback sack from Bobby Okereke. Jordan Fox also had a sack in the first half. Cardinal punter Jake Bailey, who helped pin the Panthers offense in their own zone, had a different reason for being happy. "I got nine punts, which is a career high," Bailey said. "I was super-excited to end my career with nine punts. It was a big field position day and mine was an important position. We're 2-0 in El Paso and I couldn't think of a better way to end my career."
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