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Stanford vs. Notre Dame: Irish stay unbeaten in OT

A goal-line stand that ended in controversy was the difference, as Notre Dame pulled out a thrilling OT win over the Cardinal on Saturday.

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Irish get lauded for excellent defensive effort

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ran their record to 6-0 on Saturday afternoon after beating the Stanford Cardinal 20-13 in overtime at Notre Dame Stadium.

Despite trailing for most of the game, the Irish were able to get it done on the back of its resilient defense. Of course, the biggest play of the game was also controversial, with Notre Dame apparently stuffing Stanford on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. After review, the call was confirmed and the Golden Domers walked off victorious.

Over at One Foot Down, Eric Murtaugh points out a few key elements of Saturday's win:

The goal line stand was a thing of beauty. Was it controversial? Maybe, but it's nice to see defense rewarded in this age of copious touchdowns. Re-watching the replay Taylor's forward progress was stopped for about 3 full seconds, his elbow was down before reaching the ball over the line, the side judge ruled him down, AND it wasn't overturned.

Tommy Rees is the most clutch backup quarterback in the nation. I've lost all fears and phobias while he's out there and I've even grown comfortable with him. Call me crazy, but I'll feel that way until he doesn't play well or his turnovers kill the team. I think he was born to be the clutch backup QB.

Notre Dame's next game is against the BYU Cougars, who will be seeking their first offensive touchdown against the Irish since Sept. 8.


Irish defense showing it's for real

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Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Irish win 20-13 in OT

First, what you're probably looking for -- the GIF of Stepfan Taylor coming very, very, very close to scoring the tying touchdown in overtime. He was ruled down both before and after review:


Okay. Now the recap. For the first time all year, Notre Dame trailed. And for the first time in four years, Notre Dame has beaten Stanford. The No. 7 Irish survived a brutal game in breezy rain, topping their US News & World Report rivals in overtime, 20-13, on a controversial final call.

Stanford took a 13-10 lead with six minutes left in the fourth on a field goal after a 16-play, 68-yard bruiser of a drive. The way Stanford's defense had contained the Irish attack to that point (under 250 yards on the day), that might've done it.

But young Everett Golson piloted the Irish near midfield, then a late hit flag on a scramble sent the ball into Cardinal territory. Tommy Rees, who'd already pulled off two late-game miracles so far this year, came on. The ice cold junior, an on-again, off-again starter over the past calendar year, found a completion and another flag before Cierre Wood powered inside the five. A couple of safe play calls, and to overtime we went.

Rees found T.J. Jones for a seven-yard score in OT, and a huge goal line stand in the rain against one of college football's best power offenses sealed the win, twice stuffing big Stepfan Taylor at the line. He appeared to come extremely close to crossing the line after a third effort, but the call stood.


Box Score Hero: We'd go with the Stanford front seven for its pass rush, which posted three sacks, 14 hurries, and a strip-sack touchdown of Golson by Chase Thomas. But Stanford lost. As it is, we'll go with Manti Te'o's 11 tackles and ...

He didn't play for very long, but he did the one thing he's very good at. He went four-for-four for 44 yards and the game-winning touchdown. What more do you want?

Rankings Ramifications: With West Virginia and possibly South Carolina losing, No. 7 Notre Dame could arrive in the Top 5. No. 17 Stanford now has two losses, but they're both competitive road losses -- sticking around the bottom of the Top 25 wouldn't be out of the question.

But Did They Cover? Notre Dame was favored by a full touchdown.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford gears up for the Game against Cal, which takes on Washington State later Saturday night. The Irish welcome fellow independent BYU, currently locked in a battle with No. 10 Oregon State.

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Turnovers costly for Notre Dame

Notre Dame and Stanford both struggled offensively in the first half, but turnovers by Notre Dame helped Stanford go into the half with a 10-3 lead Saturday.

Notre Dame led 3-0 after a Kyle Brindza field goal late in the first quarter. Stanford got on the board in the second quarter with 6:35 remaining when Chase Thomas recovered a fumble by Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson in the end zone for a touchdown.

Notre Dame drove inside the Stanford 10 with less than two minutes remaining in the half, but couldn't get it in the end zone. On a field goal attempt that would've made it 7-6, the hold was botched and Stanford recovered the ball. Stanford drove into field goal range and Jordan Williamson connected from 48-yards just before halftime.

Golson is 6-for-16 for 59 yards. He has also lost two fumbles. Theo Riddick has six carries for 26 yards. Stepfan Taylor has 12 carries for 49 yards to lead Stanford. Stanford has also turned it over twice.


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