Stanford doubles down on upsetting No. 1 teams

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — During the football team's weekly "movie night" the day before every game, Stanford coach David Shaw quieted his players to announce that the women's basketball team had beaten top-ranked Baylor. The room erupted in applause, and Shaw shushed everybody again to make another statement.

"Now it's our turn," he said.

The trend started on the hardwood, moved onto the football field and finally on Twitter, where Stanford players put the perfect label on an unforgettable week: Revenge of the Nerds.

After Tara VanDerveer's team ended the Lady Bears' 42-game winning streak, Shaw and his players outsmarted No. 1 Oregon 17-14 in overtime Saturday for a dramatic double. The Cardinal not only got payback on the programs that ruined each team's national title hopes last season, they showed they can still be successful after losing the No. 1 overall draft pick.

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