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.
TJ Jones made a reaching 7-yard touchdown catch in overtime and No. 7 Notre Dame stopped Stanford inches from the goal line to beat the 17th-ranked Cardinal 20-13 Saturday.
“The theme all week has been, we’re going to be in for a physical, hard-nosed, four quarters, of just one of those good old-fashioned backyard brawls. It’s going to be that kind of game,” ND Coach Brian Kelly said.
While 17th-ranked Stanford has beaten No. 7 Notre Dame the last three seasons, Saturday’s matchup appears to be a more difficult trip to South Bend with the Fighting Irish 5-0 for the first time since 2002.
The No. 17 Stanford Cardinal travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday. Stanford will attempt to knock the Irish off the high they are riding.
Stanford has announced it is extending its annual football series with Notre Dame through the 2019 season.