October 13, 2012 - GameDay in the Rain

For the first time since the Southern Cal game in 2005, ESPN College GameDay returned to South Bend to watch the undefeated #7 Irish take on #17 Stanford (4-1). As Vince Vaughn and Lee Corso picked Notre Dame to win, fans tailgated through torrential rain that continued throughout the game that day.

The defense did well forcing Stanford to a three and out as the game opened. The Irish were beginning to put together a drive until Everett Golson fumbled the ball and Stanford recovered. With Stanford now marching into the red zone, the defense once again bailed the team out as Bennett Jackson intercepted the ball at the one yard line. The teams traded punts and on the following Stanford possession, Mathius Farley intercepted Josh Nunes a second time and returned the pick 49 yards. This set up a 29-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza to give the Irish a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Stanford then put together a 67-yard drive to the Notre Dame 8 until their field goal attempt was blocked by Stephon Tuitt. Again another pair of punts backed Notre Dame to their own 10-yard line. Unfortunately for the Irish, Golson would be sacked twice. The second sack being in the end zone and forcing a fumble, which was quickly recovered for a Stanford touchdown. Notre Dame responded by marching down to the 8-yard line, only to have a bad snap on the field goal try force zero points. On the final possession of the half, Stanford put together a 44-yard drive good enough to notch a field goal to end the half.

The third quarter saw five combined punts and a third fumble lost by Everett Golson. The quarter would end with Notre Dame in control moving down the field. However, a series of false starts continued to push the team backwards. It would later be commented that the Stanford defensive line was attempting to mimic our cadence and confusing our linemen.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Golson found Tyler Eifert for a touchdown and the score was tied at ten a piece. For as defensive as the third quarter was with six possessions, the fourth quarter consisted of only one drive by each team. Stanford ran 16 plays to move 68 yards over 8 minutes and took the lead with a 27-yard field goal. With 6:12 remaining in the game, began running the ball and eating clock. As Golson ran the ball across midfield, he would be hit with a helmet-to-helmet blow and knock him out of the game. Out trots Tommy Rees to the rescue, once again, and Rees leads the team confidently down the field. The drive stalls when the Irish get to the five yard line and the skies open once again and the team settles for a 22-yard game tying field goal with 0:21 left in the game. With the score 13-13, the two teams head for overtime.

The Irish go on offense first and immediately suffer a 7-yard sack. But then completes three straight passes to DaVaris Daniels (9 yards), Theo Riddick (16 yards), and TJ Jones (7 yards) for a touchdown. Leading 20-13, the Notre Dame defense knows what it needs to do. First play results in a loss of five yards but then Nunes breaks free for a 13 yard rush followed by a 13 yard rush by Stepfan Taylor. Then from the four yard line, Taylor rush for 1 yard. Taylor rush for 2 yards. Now on third down and the rain pouring down, Taylor rush for no gain. With the game on the line, and both teams knowing what is about to come, Taylor runs again and gets stuffed at the line. After what feels like an eternal booth review, the call is confirmed no touchdown. The stadium erupts and the students flood onto the field and revel with the team as the rain continues to rain harder and harder.

          1  2  3  4 OT   F
#17 Stan  0 10  0  3  0  13
# 7 ND    3  0  0 10  7  20

For the first time since 2002 and the 31st time overall, Notre Dame started the season 6-0.

Keywords: football, gameday, stanford, southern cal, vince vaughn, lee corso, everett golson, bennett jackson, mathius farley, stephon tuitt, tyler eifert, tommy rees, davaris daniels, theo riddick, tj jones, kyle brindza

Posted On: 2013-01-23 00:15:02 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2013-01-23 05:27:12 by IrishTrpt07


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