I wrote earlier this year that I would never study abroad during fall quarter because I am a diehard college football fan, and it would kill me to have to watch home games at the crack of dawn via some questionable live-streaming site in some foreign country. And yet, I find myself guilty of not flying back to campus for the Notre Dame game. Trust me, it was painful watching from home, so I got my due punishment.
Stanford beat Notre Dame on Saturday for the fourth time in the teams’ last five contests. The 27-20 result was surprisingly close — Stanford had been favored to win by over two touchdowns — but a win is a win, and the Cardinal is now 14-5 in one-possession games since David Shaw took over as head coach.
The No. 7 Cardinal (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) edged Notre Dame 27-20 (8-4) on Senior Night, as fifth-year senior inside linebacker Shayne Skov and the Cardinal defense held Irish quarterback Tommy Rees and company to 22 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter. Stanford will now look to defend its Pac-12 title and earn a second consecutive Rose Bowl berth when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to battle No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 7.
Welcome to The Daily’s live blog of tonight’s contest between the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) and the No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3) at Stanford Stadium. We’ll be updating this page with live coverage and analysis. Please also follow us on Twitter @StanfordSports for extended coverage and commentary. All times are Pacific.
Nerd Nation remembers when Notre Dame stopped running back Stepfan Taylor ’13 inches short of the goal line to hand Stanford a heartbreaking 20-13 overtime loss in rainy South Bend. Nerd Nation remembers Irish fans rushing the field after the officials announced — in what was one of the most controversial rulings of the 2012 college football season — that the call stood. Outside linebacker Chase Thomas ’12 called it one of the toughest losses of his career, on par with the Fiesta Bowl loss.
Survive and advance. As a preseason top-five team, the goal is that simple. Barring the nearly unprecedented scenario of three BCS conference teams all going undefeated, the Stanford Cardinal needs only to win every game to go to the BCS National Championship; style points won’t matter.
Stanford Athletics announced on Tuesday that football season tickets had completely sold out for the first time in school history as expectations and excitement for the defending Rose Bowl champions has steadily mounted with fall practices rapidly approaching.