NCAA Game Summary - Notre Dame at Stanford|
(Saturday, November 30th)
Final Score: (8) Stanford 27, (25) Notre Dame 20
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Notre Dame Fighting Irish made a goal-
line stand last season, defeating the Stanford Cardinal in overtime en
route to a perfect regular season and a BCS National Championship appearance.
This season, however, Stanford got some revenge by doing what they do best,
running the football and daring the opposing defense to stop them.
Tyler Gaffney rushed for a career-high 189 yards with a touchdown on 33
carries to lead No. 8 Stanford to a 27-20 win over 25th-ranked Notre Dame at
Kevin Hogan was 12-for-18 passing for 158 yards with one touchdown and two
interceptions and Anthony Wilkerson finished with 34 yards on five carries
and a score for the Cardinal (10-2), who outrushed Notre Dame 261-64 in the
"They're really good up front," said Stanford head coach David Shaw. "We knew
we had to keep pounding, we knew we had to keep fighting. We knew that they
were going to come back. They're that good of a football team."
Notre Dame (8-4) had a chance to tie it late but Wayne Lyons came up with his
second interception of the day and Stanford ran out the final 2:24 of clock to
secure the win.
Tommy Rees threw for 199 yards on 16-of-34 passing with two touchdowns and two
Notre Dame's opening drive was highlighted by two third-down conversions from
Rees after he hit DeVaris Daniels for 18 yards and Corey Robinson three plays
later for a 22-yard pickup.
Kyle Brindza made a 21-yard field goal as the Irish couldn't punch it in from
inside the Stanford 10.
Stanford answered with a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Kevin Hogan
picked up 15 yards on 2nd-and-9 and then found Devon Cajuste for a 23-yard
completion two plays later which put the Cardinal at the Notre Dame 28-yard
After Gaffney rushed for nine and three yards on back-to-back plays for a
first-down, Hogan found Cajuste again for a 16-yard touchdown. Cajuste acted
as if he was blocking on the play and bolted to the end-zone when Hogan lofted
it into his out-stretched arms for a 7-3 lead.
"We ran a balanced offense, ran the ball well" said Hogan. "(Gaffney) had a
great game, hit some key third-down conversions, kept the chains moving."
Following a Notre Dame punt, Stanford started from its own 44-yard line. Hogan
found Ty Montgomery on two consecutive plays for gains of 19 and 18 yards to
the Notre Dame 15.
Gaffney rushed for six yards on 2nd-and-3 to the Notre Dame 2-yard line as the
first quarter came to a close. He would later pound it in on third-down for a
touchdown to give Stanford a 14-3 lead with 13:37 remaining in the half.
Later in the second, Rees led another scoring drive deep into Stanford
territory. On 1st-and-10 from the Stanford 44, Rees found Daniels for a 20-
yard completion, but the drive ended with a 27-yard field goal from Brindza
with just over two minutes remaining. The Irish trailed 14-6 heading into
"There's no moral victories," said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. "Very
disappointed we weren't able to come up with a play and win the football
Similar to its first possession of the game, Stanford opened the second
stanza with a seven-play, 76-yard march that spanned nearly four minutes
Hogan found Cajuste across the middle and the wide receiver scampered 36 yards
down to the Notre Dame 21. Wilkerson rushed right up the gut for a 20-yard
touchdown three plays later.
The Irish were then aided by two costly penalties from Alex Carter on their
ensuing drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown strike to Jones.
On first down at the Stanford 49, Carter was called for pass interference.
Following a 16-yard completion to Daniels, Rees hit Troy Niklas for four yards
to the Stanford 14, but Carter was flagged for a personal foul on the play.
Folston rushed for three yards and then Rees hit Jones who was running along
the back of the end zone for the score.
Gaffney then gashed the Irish for 41 yards on four carries down to the Notre
Dame 8-yard line. He would bulldoze his way into the end zone two plays later
but a holding penalty negated the play and Jordan Williamson made a 27-yard
field goal to put the Cardinal up 24-13.
Rees made another huge third-down conversion at the Notre Dame 25 following
the field goal when Jones hauled in a 20 yard pass along the sideline and a
roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to the Stanford 40.
Niklas made a nice 19-yard catch along the far sideline on 3rd-and-10 which
extended the drive and Rees found Daniels wide open in the corner of the
end zone for a 14-yard strike to pull the Irish within four, 24-20.
Stanford then answered with a 12-play, 55-yard drive that resulted in a 28-
yard field goal from Williamson. The Cardinal rushed the ball on all but one
play, chewing up over seven minutes of clock to bridge the third and fourth
Notre Dame's defense remained stout when it needed to in the fourth, but the
two costly turnovers helped the Cardinal to their fourth win in the last five
games against Notre Dame.
"I thought they (defense) hung in there, played hard, made some plays for us,
gave us an opportunity to win" said Kelly. "Our defense gave us a chance to
win the game."
Stanford has won 5-of-6 overall heading into the Pac-12 Championship game in
Tempe, Arizona against Arizona State ... Notre Dame is 6-7 at Stanford
Stadium ... Daniels finished with 79 yards on five receptions while Jones
caught six passes for 56 yards ... The Cardinal did not allow an Irish running
back to reach pay-dirt again. The last Irish running back to score a touchdown
against Stanford was Armando Allen in 2008 ... Notre Dame is now 2-10 in its
last 12 meetings against Top-10 opponents.
12/01 00:48:00 ET