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Book, defense lead No. 8 Irish past No. 7 Cardinal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Ian Book and Miles Boykin, the heroes of Notre Dame's Citrus Bowl victory on New Year's Day, worked their magic once again and a stifling defensive line chipped in as the No. 8 Irish broke a three-game losing streak to No. 7 Stanford with a 38-17 victory Saturday night.

Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, including an 8-yard TD to Boykin, who had career highs in receptions (11) and yardage (144).

''Our chemistry is coming along but he's such a good player and I love throwing to him,'' said Book, whose 55-yard touchdown pass to Boykin while replacing an ineffective Brandon Wimbush provided the Irish a 21-17 victory over LSU in Orlando last January.

Stanford coach David Shaw was impressed by Book, who hails from Northern California and was Notre Dame's starting quarterback for the second straight week after replacing Wimbush again.

''(Notre Dame has) a quarterback right now that's outstanding,'' Shaw said. ''He's athletic enough to get himself out of trouble. Quarterbacks like this, if you don't get them down on the ground, it's gonna hurt you.''

Boykin's touchdown reception gave the Irish a 31-17 lead over the Cardinal with 8:16 remaining. After Notre Dame's Te'von Coney intercepted Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, Book threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Alize Mack 14 seconds later to seal the victory.

Book's other touchdown passes were a 6-yarder to tight end Nic Weishar in the first quarter and a 10-yarder to Chase Claypool just before halftime.

''A great win,'' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. ''I like the fact that we finished the game. We started fast but we finished. When you are looking at your team, you see a resolve you're wanting to see with your team.''

The Irish (5-0) totaled 550 yards, including 272 yards on 55 carries. Senior Dexter Williams, playing in his first game of the season after missing the first four for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, rushed for a career-high 161 yards on 21 carries, the first a 45-yard touchdown that gave Notre Dame a 7-0 lead.

''I'm really proud of his growth and maturity,'' Kelly said. ''If he wasn't growing as a young man and as a student-athlete at Notre Dame, he wouldn't have the chance.''

The Irish limited Stanford (4-1) to 229 yards on 51 plays.

Costello threw for just 174 yards and was hurried all night by Notre Dame's front four, which got four sacks and two hurries from 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

''You can't block him (Tillery) one-on-one and he showed that tonight,'' Kelly said.

Bryce Love, last year's Heisman Trophy runner-up, scored on a 39-yard TD for Stanford, but finished with just 73 yards on 17 carries before limping to the locker room with just over 11 minutes remaining.

TAKEAWAYS

Stanford: After missing his first three passes of the game, Costello connected on his next nine before finishing with 130 first-half yards on 11-of-17 passing but was hurried by Notre Dame's defensive front four in the second half. With Love also struggling on the ground, the Cardinal will have to address the blocking issues of their offensive line.

''It's just hard to swallow,'' Stanford wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside said of the offensive struggles. ''As a team we pride ourselves on being physically dominant. Where do we go from here? There's no magic formula. We go back to work.''

Notre Dame: The Irish came within one yard of having three players total 100 yards or more in the first half. Book, who totaled 176 yards on 25 plays, was 12-of-14 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Eight of the completions for 106 yards went to Boykin. Williams rushed for 99 yards on nine carries, including a 45-yard touchdown on his first carry of the season.

''I've been so excited to play for so long,'' said Williams. ''Then I got even more excited as I was playing tonight. My mom has been here since the Michigan game so that has helped me stay focused.''

BACKFIELD ATTRITION

With Jafar Armstrong unavailable after suffering a knee infection during the week, the Notre Dame running attack would lose junior Tony Jones Jr. late in the third quarter with a leg injury. Jones finished with 40 yards on 10 carries.

That left much of the running responsibility to Williams.

''Dexter was very juiced up and brings a lot of emotion to the game,'' Book said. ''There couldn't have been a better week for him to come back.''

Kelly said Armstrong will have to have surgery to clean up the infection and will miss a couple of weeks.

Jones has an ankle sprain and will be examined Sunday. The Irish lost left guard Alex Bars with a knee injury that will need an MRI.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE

The Notre Dame defensive line clearly dominated the Stanford offensive line, led by Tillery's four sacks and two quarterback hurries.

''This is just the start,'' said Tillery, who was given a game ball after having the first four-sack game by an Irish player since Victor Abiamiri had four against Stanford on Nov. 26, 2005. ''This defense can still get so much better. This is special because we've never beaten Stanford since I've been here.''

Defensive end Khalid Kareem, who limped off early in the game, returned to finish with a quarterback sack and a hurry as Notre Dame had five sacks of Costello and four QB hurries.

UP NEXT

Stanford returns home to face Utah on Saturday.

Notre Dame takes its second road trip Saturday to Virginia Tech.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:02
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
38
Touchdown 8:10
12-I.Book complete to 86-A.Mack. 86-A.Mack runs 35 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
35
yds
00:06
pos
17
37
Point After TD 8:16
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
31
Touchdown 8:22
12-I.Book complete to 81-M.Boykin. 81-M.Boykin runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
66
yds
03:05
pos
17
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:08
26-J.Toner 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
73
yds
03:10
pos
17
24
Field Goal 8:12
19-J.Yoon 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
56
yds
3:24
pos
14
24
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:39
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 0:47
12-I.Book complete to 83-C.Claypool. 83-C.Claypool runs 10 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on STA 10-J.West Holding declined.
7
plays
80
yds
01:27
pos
14
20
Point After TD 10:36
26-J.Toner extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 10:42
3-K.Costello complete to 19-J.Arcega-Whiteside. 19-J.Arcega-Whiteside runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
84
yds
00:04
pos
13
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:09
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 0:14
12-I.Book complete to 82-N.Weishar. 82-N.Weishar runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
60
yds
04:25
pos
7
13
Point After TD 4:39
26-J.Toner extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 4:48
20-B.Love runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
65
yds
03:25
pos
6
7
Point After TD 8:13
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:23
2-D.Williams runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
85
yds
02:17
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 10 29
Rushing 1 12
Passing 7 16
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 3-13 9-17
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 201 541
Total Plays 51 88
Avg Gain 3.9 6.1
Net Yards Rushing 55 272
Rush Attempts 24 55
Avg Rush Yards 2.3 4.9
Net Yards Passing 146 269
Comp. - Att. 15-27 24-33
Yards Per Pass 5.4 8.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-28 1-9
Penalties - Yards 7-50 6-67
Touchdowns 2 5
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 4
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 8-45.6 4-51.3
Return Yards 49 27
Punts - Returns 2-10 2-8
Kickoffs - Returns 2-39 1-12
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-7
Kicking 3/3 6/7
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 1/1 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
7 Stanford 4-1 773017
8 Notre Dame 5-0 14731438
146 PASS YDS 269
55 RUSH YDS 272
201 TOTAL YDS 541
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Costello 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 174 1 1 114.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.4% 1230 11 4 155.8
K. Costello 15/27 174 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Love 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 73 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 327 3
B. Love 17 73 1 39
T. Speights 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 102 0
T. Speights 1 8 0 8
C. Scarlett 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 61 1
C. Scarlett 1 2 0 2
K. Costello 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 -49 0
K. Costello 5 -28 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Irwin 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 184 0
T. Irwin 5 57 0 29
O. St. Brown 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 147 0
O. St. Brown 1 45 0 45
C. Parkinson 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 134 3
C. Parkinson 1 31 0 31
J. Arcega-Whiteside 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 30 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 438 8
J. Arcega-Whiteside 5 30 1 9
B. Love 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 34 0
B. Love 2 7 0 9
K. Smith 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 262 0
K. Smith 1 4 0 4
M. Wilson 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
M. Wilson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Holder 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Holder 1-1 0.0 0
G. Reid 90 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
G. Reid 1-0 1.0 0
P. Adebo 11 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Adebo 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Toner 26 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/7 15/15
J. Toner 1/1 46 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Bailey 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 45.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 44.0 1
J. Bailey 8 45.6 1 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Love 20 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 18.7 23 0
B. Love 1 23.0 23 0
C. Scarlett 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 16.2 16 0
C. Scarlett 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Irwin 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 12.3 9 0
T. Irwin 1 9.0 9 0
M. Wilson 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 12.7 1 0
M. Wilson 1 1.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
I. Book 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.7% 278 4 0 183.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
74.3% 616 7 0 181.2
I. Book 24/33 278 4 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Williams 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 161 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 161 1
D. Williams 21 161 1 45
I. Book 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 87 3
I. Book 15 47 0 10
T. Jones Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
56 303 3
T. Jones Jr. 10 40 0 13
A. Davis 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 55 0
A. Davis 4 14 0 8
J. Smith 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 28 0
J. Smith 4 12 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Boykin 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 144 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 311 1
M. Boykin 11 144 1 33
A. Mack 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 35 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 170 1
A. Mack 1 35 1 35
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 172 1
C. Finke 2 30 0 16
C. Claypool 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 174 2
C. Claypool 3 23 1 10
C. Kmet 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 36 0
C. Kmet 1 19 0 19
J. Smith 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
J. Smith 1 14 0 14
A. Davis 3 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 30 0
A. Davis 2 11 0 8
N. Weishar 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 10 2
N. Weishar 1 6 1 6
K. Austin 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 39 0
K. Austin 0 0 0 0
D. Williams 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
D. Williams 1 -1 0 0
M. Young 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 63 0
M. Young 1 -3 0 -3
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Tillery 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 4.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 4.0
J. Tillery 4-0 4.0 0
K. Kareem 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Kareem 1-0 1.0 0
T. Coney 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Coney 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Yoon 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
6/9 20/20
J. Yoon 1/2 37 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Newsome 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 46.1 2
T. Newsome 4 51.3 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Young 87 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 24.5 12 0
M. Young 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 9.1 5 0
C. Finke 2 4.0 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ND 35 1:24 4 -10 Punt
12:07 STNFRD 47 1:23 3 8 Punt
8:13 ND 35 3:25 8 65 TD
0:09 ND 35 0:04 11 84 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:45 STNFRD 10 0:59 3 4 Punt
3:20 STNFRD 20 1:01 4 35 Punt
0:39 ND 35 0:17 6 -9 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:18 STNFRD 33 1:34 3 1 Punt
8:12 ND 35 0:24 5 48 Punt
6:18 STNFRD 19 3:10 9 53 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:57 STNFRD 32 1:50 4 -13 Punt
8:16 ND 35 0:00 2 75 INT
8:02 ND 35 1:19 4 -10 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 ND 33 0:54 5 20 Downs
10:40 ND 15 2:17 7 85 TD
4:39 STNFRD 35 4:25 13 77 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:36 STNFRD 35 2:13 7 12 Punt
6:08 ND 15 2:43 7 33 Punt
2:14 ND 20 1:27 7 80 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:22 STNFRD 35 0:00 4 -9 Punt
12:20 ND 24 3:24 10 56 FG
7:42 ND 25 0:59 3 7 Punt
2:23 STNFRD 35 1:45 12 43 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:27 ND 42 3:05 11 66 TD
8:16 STNFRD 35 0:06 1 35 TD
6:03 ND 37 4:41 9 45