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Pritchard gets nod after win over Trojans

Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard looks for an open receiver during the Cardinal's victory over Southern Cal.
Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard looks for an open receiver during the Cardinal's victory over Southern Cal.
Matt Sayles, Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. — Tavita Pritchard will remain Stanford's starting quarterback this week against TCU after upsetting No. 2 Southern California in his first career start.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that Pritchard would start this week even though T.C. Ostrander had been cleared to play after a seizure caused him to miss the USC game.

Pritchard, a redshirt freshman, led the Cardinal (2-3, 1-3 Pac-10) to 17 fourth-quarter points last Saturday, beating the Trojans 24-23 with a a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford on fourth-and-goal with 49 seconds remaining.

"Three drives in the last three possessions for scores was very impressive and so was the way he handled himself around this ballclub," Harbaugh said. "I feel good about that decision."

Pritchard had to convert on fourth-and-20 four plays before the winning TD. He finished the game 11-for-30 for 149 yards and the winning TD.

"Whether I'm the third guy, the starter or the backup, I'm going to prepare every time like I'm the starter," Pritchard said. "Not a whole lot has changed."

Ostrander suffered a seizure at a Palo Alto restaurant on September 30 and was held out of the USC game for precautionary reasons. Ostrander, who completed 90 of 166 passes for 1065 yards as Stanford's starter over the first four games, has been cleared to play again and worked out with the team on Tuesday.

"I want to be on the field," Ostrander said. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed, but coach made a decision and if that's his decision, I will go along with it and just do the things I need to do to get better."

LET'S DIG ONE FOR THE GIPPER: The body of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the rallying cry "Win one for the Gipper," was exhumed recently for DNA testing in his Upper Peninsula hometown.

The test was sought by the Gipp family and met legal requirements, Houghton County Medical Examiner Dr. Dawn Nulf said Wednesday, although it angered some relatives who live in the area where Gipp was born and raised.

Nulf declined comment about why the request was made.

An ESPN crew filmed the exhumation for an upcoming story, but a spokesman said the network played no role in arranging it.

SEMINOLES OUT FOR REVENGE: Andre Fluellen never thought any team could beat mighty Florida State by 30 points — let alone perennial pushover Wake Forest.

It did, and now the Seminoles (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are looking to prove tonight that their swagger is back after last year's humbling loss to eventual league champion Wake Forest (3-2, 2-1).

STROUGHTER TO SEEK REDSHIRT: Oregon State receiver and punt returner Sammie Stroughter will not return this season and the Beavers plan to seek a medical redshirt for him.

Oregon State coaches had been saying that was a likely scenario since Stroughter was diagnosed with a bruised kidney after the Arizona State game three weeks ago.