No. 25/RV Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3)
November 30, 2013 • 4 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,424) • Stanford, Calif.
Television • Live national broadcast on FOX with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Kristina Pink (sideline).
Radio • Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station – KNBR 1050 AM – with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the post-game Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can be heard live on Stanford student radio – KZSU 90.1 FM – and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 92) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 190) will carry a national broadcast.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Polls • Stanford (8th - AP, 10th - USA Today, 9th - BCS) • Notre Dame (25th - AP, RV - USA Today, 25th - BCS)
On the Web • GoStanford.com • UND.com • Pac-12.com
Social Hour • tagboard.com/GoStanford • GoStanford.com/FrontRow • #GoStanford
Inside the Huddle
• Stanford returns to The Farm for its regular-season finale as the Cardinal plays host to Notre Dame in a 4 p.m. (PT) kickoff on FOX.
• Eleven contests in the 27-game series between Stanford and Notre Dame have been decided by 10 points or less, including Notre Dame’s 20-13 overtime win last season at Notre Dame Stadium.
• Stanford will represent the Pac-12 North Division in next week’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Stanford will host the game if Arizona defeats Arizona State. If Arizona State wins, Stanford will travel to Tempe for the title game. Stanford defeated Arizona State on Sept. 21, 42-28.
• With last week’s 63-13 win over Cal in the 116th Big Game, Stanford improved to 6-0 following a loss under head coach David Shaw. It was the third straight season that Stanford faced Cal after a loss. The Cardinal has not lost consecutive games since midway through the 2009 season.
• Stanford’s active 15-game home winning streak is the second-longest in the nation behind South Carolina (16). The Cardinal is 36-3 (.923) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
• Stanford is 12-1 (.923) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (4-1 vs. top 10), including wins over No. 2 Oregon (2013), No. 9 UCLA (2013), No. 15 Washington (2013), No. 23 Arizona State (2013), No. 2 USC (2012), No. 7 Oregon (2009), No. 13 Arizona (2010), No. 13 Oregon State (2012), No. 17 UCLA (2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game), No. 22 Washington (2011), No. 22 Notre Dame (2011) and No. 24 Washington (2009). The lone home loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011).
• Stanford is 46-18 (.719) all-time when ranked in the top 10.
• Saturday marks the fifth time this season that a nationally-ranked team has come to Stanford Stadium. According to the Sagarin ratings, Stanford has played the nation’s fifth-toughest schedule. Utah (1), Arizona State (2), Cal (3), Washington State (4), UCLA (6), and Colorado (8) also check into the top 10.
Notre Dame Series Notes
Series: Stanford trails, 9-18 (.333)
At Stanford: Tied, 6-6
At Notre Dame: Notre Dame leads, 11-3
Neutral: Notre Dame leads, 1-0 (1924 Rose Bowl)
First meeting: 1925 Rose Bowl - Stanford 10, Notre Dame 27
Last meeting: 2012 at Notre Dame - Stanford 13, Notre Dame 20 (OT)
Last Stanford win: 2011 at Stanford - Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14
Longest Stanford win streak: 3 (2009-11)
Longest Notre Dame win streak: 7 (2002-08)
Largest Stanford victory: 33-18 (1997 at Stanford)
Largest Stanford defeat: 57-7 (2003 at Stanford)
Series streak: Notre Dame - W1
• In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails 9-18.
• Stanford and Notre Dame have met every year since 1988, with the exception of the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
• The first meeting between the two programs came at the 1925 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. - the only time the schools have met at a neutral site - and matched Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen and head coach Knute Rockne against Stanford’s Ernie Nevers and head coach Pop Warner. The Fighting Irish prevailed, 27-10, to capture their first national title.
• The Legends Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Stanford-Notre Dame rivalry series, named in honor of the 1925 Rose Bowl meeting which was said by sportswriters to contain more legends on one field than had ever played the game. The trophy was created by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area appropriately from Northern California redwood with an Irish crystal bowl.
• Before a 2012 defeat at Notre Dame, the Cardinal had won three straight meetings, its longest streak in the series. Prior to that, the Fighting Irish won seven consecutive games from 2002-08.
• Notre Dame posted the only shutout in the series by blanking Stanford, 27-0, at South Bend in 1942.
• The Cardinal is 6-6 at home against the Irish and 3-11 at Notre Dame Stadium. From 1989-93, the visiting team was victorious. From 1994-2002, the home team claimed the win in the series.
• Stanford’s last individual 200-yard rusher did so against Notre Dame in 2009, when Toby Gerhart rattled off 205 yards during a 45-38 win at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford-Notre Dame Connections
• Saturday’s matchup between Stanford and Notre Dame will feature 41 players from California.
• Senior OLB Blake Lueders (Zionsville/Zionsville Community) and junior RB Remound Wright (Fort Wayne/Bishop Dwenger) are the only two Stanford players hailing from Indiana.
• Stanford special teams coordinator Pete Alamar and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco coached together at Eastern Michigan from 2001-02.
• Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart served in the same capacity at Notre Dame in 2009. Hart and Notre Dame’s Tony Alford coached together at Washington in 2001. Notre Dame assistant Mike Denbrock coached at Stanford in 2001, and coached with Hart at Washington in 2007.
• Stanford’s Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir served as Notre Dame’s deputy director of athletics from 2004-05, senior associate athletic director from 2003-04 and associate athletic director from 2000-03.
• Notre Dame men’s soccer coach Bobby Clark was the head coach at Stanford for five seasons (1996-2000), leading the Cardinal to the 1998 NCAA men’s soccer title game.
Last Matchup Against Notre Dame - Oct. 13, 2012
• A wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Stepfan Taylor inches from the end zone on fourth down in overtime and the seventh-ranked Irish remained unbeaten with a 20-13 victory against No. 17 Stanford on a soggy evening in South Bend.
• Taylor went up the middle and was knocked back, but kept reaching and turning with bodies underneath him. His knee never did hit the ground before reaching the ball across the goal line. But the officials ruled it was too late. The whistle had blown, and that meant the play was stopped. The celebration had to wait for a replay review.
• TJ Jones made a reaching 7-yard touchdown catch from Tommy Rees on the first overtime possession to give the Fighting Irish a lead. Stanford responded by driving to a first-and-goal at the 4.
• Taylor ran for 1 on first, 2 on second and about a foot on third down. That left one play from inside the 1 and the Notre Dame defense, led by Carlos Calabrese, held up Taylor and moved him backward.
• Rees relieved Everett Golson late in the fourth quarter. Golson took a helmet to the head during Notre Dame’s game-tying field goal drive late in the fourth.
• In the overtime, Rees floated a 16-yard pass to Theo Riddick to convert a third-and-8 to the 7. On the next play, he threw behind Jones on a slant and the receiver reached back for a sliding two-handed catch and a 20-13 lead.
• Jordan Williamson’s 27-yard field goal with 6:12 put the Cardinal up 13-10, and the Fighting Irish drove into Cardinal territory when Golson absorbed the helmet hit from Usua Amanam that was flagged for 15 yards.
• Rees came in and completed an 11-yard pass to Tyler Eifert, and then on third-and-4 from the 28 Eifert drew a pass interference call on Terrence Brown that gave the Irish a first down at the 13.
• The Irish settled for Kyle Brindza’s 22-yard field goal with 20 seconds left to tie it at 13-13.
• Golson alternated between scary and spectacular, completing 12 of 24 for 141 yards and a touchdown. He also lost two key fumbles -- one that Stanford’s Chase Thomas recovered in the end zone in the second quarter for a touchdown and the other in the third that gave the Cardinal the ball back after Golson had made a long run deep into Stanford territory.
• Thomas’ touchdown put Stanford up 7-3, the first time all season Notre Dame had trailed.
It Happened Against Notre Dame
1925 - Ernie Nevers rushed for 114 yards, but Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen led Notre Dame to a 27-10 victory over Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl as the Irish captured their first national championship.
1989 - Steve Smith set a school-record with 68 pass attempts, but Stanford’s upset bid of the top-ranked Irish fell short at Stanford Stadium, 27-17.
1990 - Stanford rallied from a 24-7 second quarter deficit to upset the top-ranked Irish, 36-31, at Notre Dame Stadium. “Touchdown” Tommy Vardell scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 0:36 left, his fourth rushing touchdown on the day. Jason Palumbis completed 26-of-34 passes for 256 yards.
1991 - Tommy Vardell rushed for 140 yards on 23 carries but eighth-ranked Notre Dame avenged its loss from the previous season to the Cardinal with a 42-26 win at Stanford Stadium. Stanford went on to win its last seven regular season games.
1992 - Steve Stenstrom completed 21-of-32 passes for 215 yards and Glyn Milburn rushed for 119 yards on 20 carries as 18th-ranked Stanford posted a road upset of No. 6 Notre Dame, 33-16. Stanford scored 33 unanswered points after spotting Notre Dame a 16-0 lead in the second quarter to hand the Irish their only loss of the season.
1994 - Steve Stenstrom completed 37-of-59 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-15 loss at Notre Dame. The 59 pass attempts rank third on Stanford’s all-time single-game list.
1997 - Anthony Bookman (142) and Mike Mitchell (135) each rushed for more than 100 yards in Stanford’s 33-15 win over Notre Dame at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal defense sacked Irish quarterback Ron Powlus four times and held Notre Dame to just 298 yards in total offense.
1999 - Mike Biselli’s 22-yard field goal as time expires lifted Stanford to a 40-37 win over the Irish in a nationally-televised, post-Thanksgiving Day game at Stanford Stadium. It was one of four Biselli field goals on the afternoon. Todd Husak completed 24-of-34 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns and Troy Walters caught eight passes for 183 yards, the 11th-best receiving performance in school history.
2005 - In the final event at 84-year-old Stanford Stadium, Notre Dame scored with 55 seconds remaining as the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish pulled out a 38-31 victory over the Cardinal. Construction began immediately after the clock expired, with three bulldozers and three dump trucks pulling onto the field to start pulling up dirt. A ceremony was held at halftime in honor of the stadium with dozens of former players in attendance.
2009 - Playing in his final game at Stanford Stadium, Toby Gerhart rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another as Stanford rallied for a 45-38 victory, snapping Notre Dame’s seven-game winning streak in the series.
2010 - Nate Whitaker kicked five field goals to tie a Stanford single-game record and the Cardinal defense limited the Irish to just 44 yards rushing and one offensive touchdown to break a seven-game losing streak at Notre Dame, 37-14. It was Stanford’s largest margin of victory in the series. Owen Marecic scored a pair of touchdowns within 13 seconds of one another (first as a fullback on a short dive play, then later making an interception for a score from his inside linebacker position).
2011 - Andrew Luck set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own single-season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four scores to lead fourth-ranked Stanford past No. 22 Notre Dame, 28-14, in his home finale. Luck topped John Elway’s record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal build a 21-0 halftime lead. The victory vaulted Stanford into an at-large BCS bowl bid for the second straight year.
2012 - A wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Stepfan Taylor inches from the end zone on fourth down in overtime and the seventh-ranked Irish remained unbeaten with a 20-13 victory against No. 17 Stanford on a soggy evening in South Bend. Taylor went up the middle and was knocked back, but kept reaching and turning with bodies underneath him. His knee never did hit the ground before reaching the ball across the goal line. But the officials ruled it was too late. The whistle had blown, and that meant the play was stopped. It was the first overtime game in the history of the series. The Cardinal went on to win its next eight games, including its first Rose Bowl victory since 1972.