SOUTH BEND, Ind. – – Tanner McKee passed for 288 yards, Casey Filkins scored a touchdown and Joshua Karty scored three field goals as Stanford snapped an 11-game losing streak against FBS opponents, beating Notre Dame 16-14 Saturday night.
The Cardinal (2-4), who had lost a two-touchdown lead to Oregon State a week earlier, scrapped the game when Stanford safety Jonathan McGill broke up a pass from Drew Pyne in the fourth and seventh from Notre Dame 25-yard line with 1:04 left. It was Stanford’s first victory against an FBS opponent since beating number one. 3 Oregon 31-24 in overtime on October 2, 2021.
“We needed that. We really did it,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. case.”
Shaw said the Cardinal didn’t let the near miss against Oregon State cause them to lose hope.
As tough as last week’s loss was in the fourth quarter, our guys felt it, they felt close. They felt that we didn’t need to delete everything, he didn’t need to change everything.
After the match, the Cardinal ran to the end of the field where his fans were and celebrated.
This is the second embarrassing home defeat of the season for the Irish (3-3). The Irish were beaten 26-21 by Marshall in the second game of the season, but had won three in a row since. Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman said it comes down to execution.
“We weren’t running the ball effectively. We also weren’t throwing the ball as effectively as we wanted to,” he said. “It wasn’t a lack of effort in the game. It wasn’t a lack of preparation. But it doesn’t correlate with the results you want, so you have to look at what you’re doing and how. you do it and find a better way to do it.
The Irish offense could do little against a Stanford defense that entered the game 111th in scoring defense, giving up 32.6 points per game. Freeman said the Irish were not surprised by what the cardinal was doing.
“I have to make sure we look at each other and say, ‘What aren’t we doing,’ he said. “The game plan is to run the ball and try to take advantage of the aggressiveness of their defense and try to get some shots.”
Notre Dame scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions in the second half, but fumbled the ball on their next possession.
Stanford scored its only touchdown on its first possession, going for 66 yards in eight plays, capped off by a 2-yard run from Filkins. Karty then threw field goals for 45, 43 and 43 yards.
McKee passed 26 of 38 for 288 yards and the Cardinal had a 385-yard advantage on 311 yards on total offense.
“It’s far from the final product,” McKee said. “We have to keep improving and use this as a stepping stone.”
Pyne passed 13 of 27 for 151 yards for the Irish with a fumble. He threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Tobias Merriweather and Audric Estime had a 10-yard run as Notre Dame overcame a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead but couldn’t. hold out.
Pyne took the blame for an inconsistent performance.
“I have to go out there and do my job, execute, deliver the ball, get us in the right protection,” he said. “I have to see the defence. I just need to go over there and run.
It appeared the Irish might have a short field to work with when officials ruled McKee fumbled, but the call was overturned when replay showed his knee had fallen. The Cardinal took a 16-14 lead on a 43-yard field goal from Karty with 10:20 to go.
The Irish were driving on their next possession, but Estime fumbled at the Stanford 25-yard line on a Kendall Williamson hit and Jonathan McGill recovered at 21.
“It’s just frustrating man. It’s frustrating. We have to be better,” Freeman said.
Edge rusher Stephen Herron had a big sack from Pyne in second and fourth last practice.
“I was just trying to get out of the pocket and create something. The guy dragged me down,” Pyne said. “You can’t take a bag in a two-minute operation.”
Notre Dame hasn’t scored a first-quarter touchdown in six games this season and was outscored 27-6. … Stanford snapped a three-game losing streak against the Irish to win the Legends Trophy. David Shaw improved to 6-5 against the Irish. … Notre Dame had just 106 total rushing yards in the first half.
“The first half the defense played so well, the best half in football we’ve played all year,” Shaw said. “Not only kept them out of the end zone, not just a shutout, but they walked off the field on third down, got in the face of the quarterback, pressured the quarterback , have rallied around the racing game.”
Stanford: The Cardinal, who suffered a crushing last-minute loss to Oregon State a week ago after leading 24-10 entering the fourth quarter, struggled but managed to hold on.
Notre Dame:: The Irish couldn’t execute when they needed to and repeatedly let Stanford get extra yards.
Stanford: The Cardinal will host Arizona State on Saturday.
Notre Dame: Irish host UNLV on Saturday.