Stanford vs. Notre Dame: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13; Final-OT
Notre Dame captured the Legends Trophy after it resided at Stanford for the past three seasons, knocking off the Cardinal, 20-13 in a thrilling overtime game.
The Notre Dame defense stood tall on a day when the offense had trouble finding its footing on a wet and sloppy field. The Irish allowed just 272 total yards, and have still yet to yield an offensive touchdown since September 8.
The Irish are now 6-0, and should be a top five team when tomorrow's initial BCS rankings are released.
BYU is next, followed by a trip to Norman to take on the Sooners.
Despite some decidedly lackluster play on offense, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish relied on the defense—as usual—to keep Stanford's offense out of the end zone.
No team has scored an offensive touchdown on the Irish since Purdue on September 8, and the Irish improve to 6-0 in 2012.
The Irish has just 334 yards today, in a game that included overtime. Everett Golson was 12-of-24 for 141 yards and a touchdown, and Tommy Rees came in very late in the fourth (for an injured Golson, with a possible concussion), and lead the team to its two final scores.
The Notre Dame defense gave up just 272 yards today, which included 147 on the ground.
The Irish are assured a top five spot in tomorrow's BCS rankings, but the road only gets tougher, with BYU and Oklahoma up next.
Stanford falls to 4-2.
The biggest highlight for Stanford in the loss was Stepfan Taylor, and his 102 rushing yards on 28 carries.
Josh Nunes was 12-of-25 for 125 yards, but threw two interceptions—badly hurting scoring opportunities for the Cardinal in the first half.
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Notre Dame wins!
The defense holds on fourth down!
The Irish defense comes up huge, and wins the game for Brian Kelly and company!
Notre Dame holds, and it's now fourth-and-goal from the one.
Good time to remember Notre Dame defense STILL hasn't allowed a TD in more than a month.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 13, 2012
Stepfan Taylor just shy of the end zone.... Third-and-goal from inside the one...
Unbalanced power run game appears to be Stanford's M.O. here in overtime.
And why not? It's the only thing in this game today that has had any consistency.
First down, Stanford, at the five...
David Shaw wants to talk about this upcoming third-and-two play... Good thing, too, because it looked as if Notre Dame was ready to blow it up.
Notre Dame hasn't allowed an offensive touchdown since September 8.
Can Stanford be the on to break the streak? It has to be if the Cardinal are going to win today...
Notre Dame defense is fired up. Loss on first down for Stanford.
Rees to Jones, 20-13, Irish.
Theo Riddick with yet another spectacular catch after Tommy Rees picks up the blitz.
Notre Dame is in business, now!
Trent Murphy smokes Tommy Rees on first down, and Notre Dame is already in a huge hole.
Stanford wins the toss, and as expected, starts on defense...
Can the Notre Dame offense convert again? The Irish have struggled today, and have just 309 yards of offense... and nine penalties—mostly on offense.
Nothing quite like overtime in college football.
Stanford is content to go to overtime, as Nunes takes a knee.
Josh Nunes has 130 yards passing today.
He'll need another 75 in 20 seconds to win this game without going to overtime.
Field goal, Notre Dame.
Game tied at 13 with 20 seconds on the clock.
Stanford holds, and Notre Dame will need to put through a field goal from about 25 yards in a monsoon to tie the game.
Notre Dame calls timeout with 33 seconds left.
Third-and-two from the five coming up...
Irish have two timeouts left. Alright all your arm-chair coaches: what's your call?
Rees reads the blitz, puts it up, and Stanford gets a big, big flag...
First down Notre Dame.
False start Notre Dame.
All... Day... Long...
And, guess who? Mike Golic!
Tommy Rees in at quarterback.
Golson pulled after apparent injury.
And now the Irish are helped out with a Stanford late hit...
Notre Dame penalized again.
That's the eighth flag on the Irish today, and it's one of the big reasons the Irish are playing from behind right now.
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