October 1, 1988 - Stanford becomes a regular on the schedule

1988 Notre Dame Stanford ProgramNotre Dame was already 3-0 and ranked #5 going into the game against unranked Stanford. This would be the sixth ever home night game in Notre Dame Stadium. We already looked at the third night game and fifth night game, with both of those going well. This game would be no different. The last time Notre Dame and Stanford met was thirty four years ago in 1964. This game would begin the modern series in which the two teams have played every year except 1995 and 1996.

Tony Rice would have a stand out day. By the end of the game he would complete 11 of 14 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for two more touchdowns on 107 yards. On the first possession, Tony Rice would score their first (of six) touchdown on a 30 yard run by Tony Rice but miss the extra point to open a 6-0 lead early on. In the second quarter, Notre Dame would score another touchdown by Rice and have a successful two-point conversion as well. Two more touchdowns by Tony Brooks and Anthony Johnson would give Notre Dame 28 points in the first half. The defense certainly held Stanford in check in the first half. Stanford only managed 111 yards in the half, but 68 of those yards led to a touchdown. At the half, Notre Dame led 28-7.

Despite a three score lead at half, the offense would not slow down. The third quarter featured the only passing touchdown of the game, a catch made by freshman tight end Derek Brown and Notre Dame comfortably led 35-7. This was his second catch and second touchdown on the season (and who said Lou Holtz never threw to the tight end). With Stanford's backup quarterback in the game, Stanford would mount a 73 yard drive leading to their second touchdown of the game. Notre Dame would get one last touchdown by Mark Green in the fourth quarter to make the final score ND 42 - Stanford 14. The Irish outgained the Cardinal 467 yards to 274, with 341 yards coming on the ground.

           1  2 3 4 - F
Stanford 0 7 7 0 - 14
#5 ND 6 22 7 7 - 42

Now at 4-0, Notre Dame would travel to Pittsburgh the following week. The last time Notre Dame started 4-0 was in 1982 but that team finished 6-4-1. The top 13 teams in the AP Poll would all win so Notre Dame remained ranked #5 and were one week closer to their National Championship.

And while this was the first meeting of the current series, Notre Dame has a 15-8 record against Stanford since 1988 (as of 2012). The series has been extended to be played through 2019.

Keywords: football, stanford, night game, tony rice, derek brown, lou holtz, tony brooks, anthony johnson

Posted On: 2011-10-01 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2013-11-30 07:17:19 by IrishTrpt07


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