For Ostrander, it was a quick rise and fall in the final few minutes of the game Saturday night. He carried the Cardinal to the lead from a nine-point deficit, only to watch the 31-30 advantage melt into a 31-38 dagger defeat. The redshirt sophomore quarterback talked in the locker room about his 76-yard connection with Mark Bradford and the exhilaration of an apparent career- and program-defining victory. Ostrander also offers his thoughts on the work Stanford's returning players need this off-season to continue their turnaround.
For the seniors, there is no tomorrow. This was their final hurrah. A win would have extended their Cardinal careers into a December bowl game, which makes the sudden reversal of fortune in the final minute of the fourth quarter that much more painful. Any end to player's college career is difficult. To be a defensive player on the field while the Irish marched 80 yards in 51 seconds is pure agony. Rushing, red-eyed from tears with his teammates talked about his kickoff return and the end of a fond four-year career. Jenkins was still stunned, eyes glazed over, as he spoke in the locker room.
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