NCAAF Game Recap - Notre Dame at Stanford
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:00 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 30, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

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(15) Notre Dame (10-2)

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45

Stanford (4-8)

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24

Ian Book throws 4 TD passes, No. 15 Notre Dame tops Stanford
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:11 PM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) When Notre Dame needed a spark to get going late in the first half, the special teams delivered.

Isaiah Foskey's blocked punt set up Ian Book's second of four touchdown passes and No. 15 Notre Dame reached double-digit wins for the third straight season by beating Stanford 45-24 on Saturday.

"It started with the punt block," coach Brian Kelly said. "From there we got some momentum and started to settle down a bit offensively."

Book turned the blocked punt into a 6-yard TD pass to Tommy Tremble late in the second quarter and then threw his first of two TD passes to Chase Claypool with 1:20 remaining in the half as the Fighting Irish (10-2, No. 16 CFP) quickly erased a 10-point deficit and snapped a five-game losing streak at Stanford Stadium.

Notre Dame also put together three straight seasons of at least 10 wins for the second time in school history, having previously done it under Lou Holtz from 1991-93.

Book was a big reason why, throwing for 255 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Tony Jones Jr. in the first quarter.

"He's found a stillness in him that he's never had before," Kelly said. "He plays the game differently now. His calmness is really about his confidence now and what he can do."

Davis Mills threw two TD passes for the Cardinal (4-8), who have lost four straight for the first time since 2007. Stanford also finished with its first losing record since 2008, ending a streak of 10 straight bowl bids.

"At the end of the day it was on us and we weren't up to the task," senior linebacker Casey Toohill said. "There were a lot things in our own play that weren't right and have to get corrected."

Despite having nothing to play for, the Cardinal started fast and led 17-7 when Mills got stopped just short of a first down on a third-down run with about five minutes left in the half.

Foskey then blocked the punt from Ryan Sanburn, giving the Irish the ball at the Stanford 1. Three plays later, that turned into a TD.

"It was definitely a game changer," defensive lineman Adetokunbo Ogundeji said. "Special teams was big for us this whole game. ... Special teams definitely got a spark for us the first half."

Book then capped a three-play, 76-yard drive with a 41-yard strike to Claypool with 1:20 left in the half to give the Irish the lead for good.

Book had a 26-yard scramble on fourth-and-2 to set up an 8-yard TD pass to Claypool that made it 28-17 in the third quarter, putting the Irish in control.

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: The Irish responded from a lopsided loss to Michigan in late October to win their final five games of the regular season. Book has been especially sharp late in the season with 12 TD passes and no interceptions in the final three contests. His 33 TD passes on the season are second in school history to Brady Quinn's 37 in 2006.

Stanford: The Cardinal scored on three of their first four drives on two TD passes by Mills and a short field goal after Tucker Fisk committed a false start on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Stanford then had seven punts and a fumble the next eight possessions before getting a late TD run from Cameron Scarlett. It was a fitting end to a disappointing season as the Cardinal posted their worst record since also going 4-8 in coach Jim Harbaugh's first season on The Farm in 2007.

CELEBRATION

For the second straight week, an opponent celebrated a rivalry game win at Stanford Stadium. California ended a nine-game losing streak in the Big Game last week and Notre Dame won here for the first time since 2007 on Saturday.

"I plan on celebrating on a lot of other people's fields next year," coach David Shaw said.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Bowl game to be determined

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Passing

ND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Book 30 17 56.7 4 255 43 0 124.3
Stan Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Mills 46 28 60.9 2 276 27 0 92.3

Rushing

ND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jones Jr. 14 50 3.6 11 0
B. Lenzy 4 48 12.0 24 0
Stan Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Scarlett 13 43 3.3 16 1
D. Mills 7 36 5.1 17 0

Receiving

ND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Kmet 5 77 15.4 21 0
C. Claypool 3 63 21.0 41 2
Stan Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Wilson 10 96 9.6 27 1
S. Fehoko 6 63 10.5 13 0

Fumbles

Stan F FL
M. Wilson 1 1
D. Mills 1 1

Returning

ND KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Keys III 4 19.5 0 21 0 - 0 0
I. Foskey 0 - 0 0 1 23.0 0 0
Stan KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Jones 4 15.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
N. Peat 2 24.0 0 27 0 - 0 0

Punting

ND Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Bramblett 6 223 37.2 45
Stan Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Sanborn 7 283 40.4 60

Takeaways

ND Int Yds InTD
K. Kareem 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

ND Stan
Points For 45 24
Total Yards 445 394
Rushing Yards 190 118
Passing Yards 255 276
Passing Completions / Attempts 17/30 28/47
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/2
First Downs 24 26
Penalties - Yards 11/95 6/56
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/14 4/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/37 8/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ND Stan
Stan 3:34 TD Brycen Tremayne 5 yd pass from Davis Mills (Ryan Sanborn kick) 0 7
ND 5:06 TD Tony Jones Jr. 16 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 7 7
Stan 13:25 FG Ryan Sanborn 24 yd FG 7 10
2nd Quarter ND Stan
Stan 5:31 TD Michael Wilson 27 yd pass from Davis Mills (Ryan Sanborn kick) 7 17
ND 11:59 TD Tommy Tremble 6 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 14 17
ND 13:40 TD Chase Claypool 41 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 21 17
3rd Quarter ND Stan
ND 11:50 TD Chase Claypool 8 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 28 17
4th Quarter ND Stan
ND 1:24 FG Jonathan Doerer 42 yd FG 31 17
ND 9:50 TD C'Borius Flemister 1 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 38 17
Stan 13:06 TD Cameron Scarlett 9 yd run (Ryan Sanborn kick) 38 24
ND 14:19 TD Khalid Kareem 0 yd fumble return (Jonathan Doerer kick) 45 24

Game Information

Stadium: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Attendance: 37,391
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