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Saturday, November 26, 2011
1Q: Stanford 7, Notre Dame 0

By Kevin Gemmell

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck matched John Elway for most career touchdowns in Stanford history, with 77, when he connected with tight end Levine Toilolo on a 3-yard jump ball to the 6-foot-8 tight end, giving the Cardinal a 7-0 lead.

Notre Dame was stringing together a nice answer drive, moving 36 yards in eight plays until quarterback Tommy Rees fumbled and the Cardinal recovered at their own 30.

Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas has been Rees' worst nightmare in the first 15 minutes of the game. Thomas knocked Rees out for a play, coming up the middle and driving the quarterback into the ground.

Rees would return on the next series, only to see Thomas sack him and strip the ball in the process -- his fifth forced fumble of the season.

Not a very clean start for the Irish either, who have three false-start penalties in the first quarter.