Posted by Tom Fornelli
While the Cardinal aren't on a pace to maintain their 50-plus points per game average through their first three games of the season, Stanford has managed to score enough points to build a 10 point lead over Notre Dame at halftime in South Bend. Stanford currently leads the Irish 16-6 and if it weren't for a couple of turnovers and false start penalties could be leading by even more.
Stanford also failed to capitalize on some fantastic field position following a Dayne Crist fumble in the first quarter. Stanford started with the ball at the Notre Dame 26-yard line but couldn't pick up a first down and had to settle for a field goal.
Andrew Luck has thrown for 176 yards with a touchdown and interception in the first half -- an inteception that came as Stanford was driving late in the second quarter -- as he's led the Stanford offense to 237 yards in the first half. The Stanford defense has done a solid job of slowing the Irish offensive attack, limiting Notre Dame to 124 yards at halftime and keeping them two of seven on third down conversions. The key for the Stanford defense has been completely stuffing the Notre Dame rushing attack, as the Irish have only managed 23 yards on the ground in 15 carries.
They've also taken Crist out behind the woodshed, leveling the Notre Dame quarterback on seemingly every play. If Stanford can stop being their own worst enemy in the second half it shouldn't have any problems leaving South Bend 4-0.