Stars shining for Stanford, Notre Dame

November, 28, 2009
11/28/09
9:50
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The offenses are in control as Notre Dame leads Stanford 24-20 at halftime.

The big names -- Andrew Luck, Toby Gerhart, Golden Tate, Jimmy Clausen -- have all made their plays, as expected.

The biggest surprise might be this: Stanford owns the rushing advantage by only 1 yard -- 81-80.

Gerhart scored his 24th touchdown on the season -- which ties the Pac-10 record -- and has 73 yards on 14 carries.

Clausen is 11-of-16 for 151 yards, with most of the damage going to Tate, who has six receptions for 108 yards with two touchdowns.

Tate and Michael Floyd are giving Stanford's struggling pass defense more trouble than Gerhart is giving the struggling Notre Dame run defense.

The theory is that Gerhart starts to wear a defense down. We'll see.

Just about every game Notre Dame has played this season has been decided in the waning moments.

This one might, too.

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