October 26, 1963 - Stanford's First Victory

By Olson

This was the first Irish appearance at Palo Alto. The Four Horsemen of ND made an appearance at this game as guests of the Stanford Alumni Association.

The Irish came into this game on a roll (hard to believe in the disaster that was the '63 ND football season). The Irish were 2-2 on the season, having won the last two contests. Notre Dame had beaten #6 USC (the defending National Champs) and UCLA. Hugh Devore's squad was looking to beat a third straight California opponent that afternoon.

Things started well for the Irish when QB Frank Budka scored the first td of the game. Budka was the 3rd different starting QB of the '63 season for the Irish (Denis Szot and John Huarte had started earlier games).

Budka next threw an interception - giving the Indians a short field (starting at the Irish 36) to work with. Stanford drove those 36 yds for a TD and later added a FG.

However Budka came back with a TD pass to Dave Pivec to put the Irish in front at halftime 14-10.

You could pretty much say that was the 'highwater mark' for the Irish for the season.

Stanford scored 2 unanswered TDs in the second half. ND crossed midfield - only to receive a 15 yd penalty on a personal foul. Later still, ND reached the Indians' 35 before receiving yet another personal foul to end that 'drive.'

The Irish lost the game and the final 4 games after that to finish 2-7.

FINAL Stanford Indians 24 Notre Dame 14

Notre Dame led the series 2-1 at this point after Stanford notched their first victory against the Irish.

Keywords: football, stanford, four horsemen, southern cal, ucla, hugh devore, frank budka, denis szot, john huarte, dave pivec

Posted On: 2013-11-29 00:15:02 by Olson


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