STANFORD -- Coach David Shaw doesn't expect any lingering doubt to creep into the locker room after Stanford's stunning 17-13 defeat last week at Washington.
Indications of how the team would respond to tumbling out of the top 10 came when the players returned from a run two days after the game.
All systems go, Shaw said Tuesday.
"I got reports from the guys that they were fired up, jacked up and got after it," he said of the Saturday team run. "These kids bounce back. These players are more resilient than the coaches, more resilient than the media, than fans. We dwell, they don't."
The No. 18 Cardinal doesn't have time to reflect on the past, with Arizona (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) bringing its spread offense to Stanford Stadium at noon Saturday for a homecoming game that is expected to sell out.
"This is going to be a great week to come back knowing we are playing a high-powered, high-speed, technically-sound offense," nose guard Terrence Stephens said.
His teammates have not cast their heads down or played the blame game after allowing the Huskies to rally in the fourth quarter for a victory.
"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 added the previous week's results matter little because
The Cardinal players seemed to lose their focus at times while performing in front of a boisterous, hostile crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Shaw acknowledged the crowd noise disrupted the offense but "it wasn't something we couldn't handle."
He said the team simply didn't respond well in its first road game of 2012. Shaw also credited the Huskies with playing their best defensive game of the season.
"They did not miss tackles," he said. "They hit their gaps hard. I thought their linebackers were off the charts. Then you combine with us not playing our best football, particularly on the offensive side: That will get you beat."
"We're not changing quarterbacks," said Shaw, who had made a similar statement right after the Washington game. "It doesn't make any sense. We wanted to bronze his arm and legs after USC and now I could answer a hundred questions about how come we're not changing quarterbacks. It's asinine."
"In general it's a little annoying when teams are going sideline to sideline. It's like basketball on grass. I'd rather be hitting people rather than running around chasing them. But if that's what teams want to do, I got no problems doing it."
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Arizona (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) at Stanford (3-1, 1-1), noon. FOX