Quick Hits: No. 7 Notre Dame 20, No.17 Stanford 13, OT
Notre Dame needs a controversial goal-line stand in overtime to knock off Stanford and improve to 6-0.
|Was it a touchdown? Depends on who you ask.(US Presswire)|
NOTRE DAME WON: Though I suppose that will depend on who you ask. If you ask Notre Dame fans, they'll tell you that Stepfan Taylor's forward progress had been stopped before he reached across the goal line on fourth down in overtime. If you ask Stanford fans -- or your run-of-the-mill Notre Dame hater -- they'll tell you that Stanford got screwed out of what should have been a touchdown.
Personally, I don't think it matters what anybody thinks. This game is going in the books as a Notre Dame victory, and the Irish are now 6-0 thanks to their defense -- nothing new there -- Tommy Rees coming off the bench late to lead the offense -- nothing new there, either -- and maybe a little help from the officials.
WHY NOTRE DAME WON: Although he only came on at the end of the game after Everett Golson left with an injury, Rees led Notre Dame on a 79-yard drive in the closing minutes to set up a game-tying field goal. Rees would then find TJ Jones for a touchdown in overtime. Though, as I said above, it's hard to look past a defense that still hasn't allowed a touchdown since Sept. 8. Stanford's only touchdown came courtesy of a fumble recovery in the end zone by its defense.
WHEN NOTRE DAME WON: When the referee came back from reviewing Stepfan Taylor's run at the end of the first overtime and said that the ruling on the field stood.
WHAT NOTRE DAME WON: This game could go a long way in deciding whether or not Notre Dame ends up in a BCS game this January. Although the goal for Brian Kelly and the Irish is still a national championship, odds are that with games against Oklahoma and USC still on the schedule, a loss or two is a distinct possibility. Still, even if the Irish do lose two games, there's no way a 10-2 Notre Dame team isn't going to a BCS game.
WHAT STANFORD LOST: No doubt this is a tough loss for Stanford, and it's hard to believe the Cardinal will gladly accept the ruling at the end of the game. But, if there is a silver lining to this one, it's that it wasn't a conference game.
THAT WAS CRAZY: Whatever your opinion of the final play, I wonder if Stanford didn't do this to itself. The Cardinal had run the exact same play on third-and-goal and were stuffed before fourth down. When you have two tight ends like Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo, why not run a play-action pass on fourth down when Notre Dame has its entire defense stacked in the box?
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