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College football notebook: Stanford Cardinal proving to be 'mentally tough'

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STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 5: Running back Tyler Gaffney #25 of the Stanford Cardinal stiff-arms linebacker Travis Feeney #41 of the Washington Huskies tackles during the fourth quarter of their game on October 5, 2013 at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

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STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford rarely wins pretty. In the last two years, though, the Cardinal just always seem to win.

Fifth-ranked Stanford survived for its 13th straight victory in similar fashion late Saturday night, withstanding Keith Price's prolific passing performance in a 31-28 win over then-No. 15 Washington. Stanford (5-0, 3-0) showed that the same kind of might and muscle that propelled the program to a Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl victory last season might be good enough to contend for another conference championship and maybe even more.

“We are a tough, mentally tough team, which of all the things you can ask for as a coach, that's what you want,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “You want guys that don't blink.”

Shaw should know.

In the last two years, Stanford is 7-1 in games decided by six points or fewer. The only other loss during that stretch was a 20-13 overtime defeat in a controversial finish at Notre Dame early last season at Washington.

Duke to be without pair

Duke will be without receiver and kick returner Johnell Barnes, and safety Deondre Singleton for this week's game against Navy.

Coach David Cutcliffe said Sunday that Barnes is out indefinitely with a broken hand, while Singleton has been suspended for the game.

Cutcliffe said Singleton left campus early and without permission during the Blue Devils' off week, and missed two academic obligations.

Singleton has 14 tackles and a forced fumble for Duke (3-2), while Barnes has five catches for 107 yards and has averaged 20 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

Irish LB out for season

Notre Dame linebacker Jarrett Grace, the team's leading tackler, is out for the rest of the season after suffering a broken leg in Saturday's 37-34 victory over Arizona State.

Grace fractured the tibia in his right leg and underwent surgery at a Dallas-area hospital. He remained hospitalized and did not travel with the team back to South Bend.

Also, Irish senior wide receiver Daniel Smith suffered a broken ankle that will end his season. He had one reception this year.

UAB replaces coordinator

UAB coach Garrick McGee has replaced defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson.

McGee promoted assistant head coach and linebackers coach Jimmy Williams on Sunday, a day after the Blazers lost, 37-23, to Florida Atlantic.

UAB (1-4) gave up 579 total yards in the game.

QB credited with California passing record

After further review, California quarterback Jared Goff has set a single-game school record for passing yards.

Cal announced Sunday that a third-quarter play originally was credited as a 15-yard run by Chris Harper actually was a 15-yard completion.

The change gives Goff 504 yards for the game Saturday against Washington State, one more than the school record Pat Barnes set on Nov. 2, 1996.

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