Everett Golson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koyack in the corner of the end zone with 61 seconds left as No. 9 Notre Dame overcame two turnovers and two bungled snaps on field goal attempts on a cold, rainy Saturday to beat No. 14 Stanford 17-14.
After beating four teams with a combined record of 7-11 – with none of those opponents’ victories coming against Power Five conference teams – the Fighting Irish on Saturday host 14th-ranked Stanford, which has the nation’s top-rated defense.
Kevin Hogan ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:29 remaining, and No. 16 Stanford used its stingy defense and a poorly timed fake punt by Washington to post a 20-13 win on Saturday.
Kevin Hogan threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 15 Stanford rebounded from a frustrating loss to Southern California with a 35-0 win over Army on Saturday.
Neither 10th seeded Stanford nor 11th seeded Dayton were considered elite when the NCAA Tournament brackets were released. But one of those teams will continue ride another victory Thursday into the Elite Eight, just one victory away from the Final Four.
Stanford is in the field for the first time in six years, but half of its games have been against NCAA tournament teams.
Chiney Ogwumike scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in her final career regular-season game for No. 5 Stanford, leading the Cardinal to an 84-64 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 30 points and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line to help Stanford beat Washington State 69-56 on Saturday.
Dwight Powell matched his season high with 28 points, helping Stanford beat Arizona State 76-70 on Saturday.
Tyrone Wallace scored 20 points and Justin Cobbs finished with 18 points after hitting some big shots late as Cal beat Bay Area rival Stanford 69-62 on Thursday night.