Irish freshman takes off on 62-yard TD run

Notre Dame RB Josh Adams finds the open lane and rushes 62 yards for a third-quarter TD vs. Stanford. The Fighting Irish trail 35-29 early in the fourth quarter.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford-Notre Dame is set for another classic finish. This rivalry has seen plenty of those over the past 6 years. The Cardinal lead 35-29 behind Kevin Hogan's 266.8 QB rating, while the Irish have countered by averaging 11.3 yards per play. The first one to blink here will lose.

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Back and forth they go in Stanford

Josh Adams made it five lead changes in the past 12 minutes when he broke off a 62-yard TD rush to put Notre Dame back on top 29-28. The Fighting Irish's three touchdowns have all come on plays longer than 60 yards. Follow live

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford leads Notre Dame 28-23, and red zone execution has been the difference. The Cardinal have scored touchdowns on all 4 of their trips to the red zone, while the Irish are 0-for-3. Despite allowing 10.4 yards per play -- the worst mark of the Harbaugh-Shaw era -- the Stanford defense has only allowed one touchdown in its past 8 red zone stands.


Big plays keeping Notre Dame close

The Fighting Irish haven't been able to finish off drives when they make it to the red zone, but a 93-yard kick return TD and this 73-yard TD pass from DeShone Kizer to Will Fuller have Notre Dame on top of Stanford 23-21.

Kizer throws deep, 73-yard TD pass (0:16)

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford's defense had given up 44 plays of 20-plus yards coming into this game (four per game). Notre Dame's offense has tallied four in the first half alone. And those four play make up 59 percent of the Irish's total yardage. Stanford's defense needs to stop giving up big plays like that in the second half if it wants to give its offense a chance to keep up.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

The chess match officially started at the end of a back-and-forth first half. Stanford took a 21-20 lead into the locker room by turning to Kevin Hogan and their playmakers in space after Notre Dame stacked the box against Christian McCaffrey. Hogan is 12-for-15 for 180 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 246.8 rating at half. His counterpart DeShone Kizer is also faring well, checking in with a gaudy 239.6 rating at half. Look for Stanford to focus on ball control in the second half to keep the explosive Irish offense  averaging 12.1 yards per play  off the field. Notre Dames one turnover is the difference in this one so far, and this feels like the type of game thatll be decided by just a mistake or two. Theres also some scoreboard watching happening in the press box, as a potential College Football Playoff berth is on the line.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Last week, Stanford held Cal to 1 touchdown in 5 red zone chances. So far tonight, the Cardinal have held Notre Dame out of the end zone in two red zone chances. Stanford is bleeding yardage, but not points.

Stanford WR makes fantastic catch to take the lead (0:13)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford leads Notre Dame 14-7 after the first quarter. Thanks to a 93-yard C.J. Sanders kick return, the Irish didnt run their first offensive play until the Cardinal had run 23. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan has efficiently picked Notre Dame apart, completing 7-of-9 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey has 72 all-purpose yards, putting him 372 shy of Barry Sanders single-season NCAA record.

Irish return kickoff 93 yards for early TD (0:30)

Notre Dame, Stanford trade early scores

Stanford put the first points on the board with an 11-play drive capped off by a Kevin Hogan touchdown pass, while Notre Dame didn't waste any time answering. C.J. Sanders brought the ensuing kickoff to the house for the Fighting Irish's first kick return TD since 2011. Follow live

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With 193 all-purpose yards, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey can become only the third player in FBS history to eclipse 3,000 all-purpose yards, joining Barry Sanders in 1988 and Antonio Andrews in 2012. Follow live

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David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson chats with a fan before Notre Dame's game against Stanford. His son Corey Robinson plays receiver for the Irish.

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