GameDay Chat: #16 Notre Dame at Stanford

Bryan Driskell

No. 16 Notre Dame (9-2) kicks off against Stanford at 4:00 PM (Eastern). It's a chance for the Fighting Irish to earn ten wins in back-to-back regular seasons for the first time since 1988-89.

This is where you will find all updates and analysis before and during the game. It is also where you can chat with other Notre Dame fans about the game.

8:10 PM Update: Game Observations - Analysis of the Notre Dame offense from its win over Stanford.

7:55 PM Update: Notre Dame beats Stanford 45-24, ending a 5-game drought inside Stanford Stadium.

6:50 PM Update: Irish go up 31-17 thanks to a 42-yard field goal from Jonathan Doerer.

6:45 PM Update: We are headed to the fourth quarter with Notre Dame up 28-17 and driving after long snapper John Shannon recovered a muffed Stanford punt.

6:34 PM Update: Notre Dame starting to put distance between itself and Stanford. Irish go on an 8-play, 86-yard scoring drive. Book had two huge plays on the drive. The first was a scramble play in which he hit WR Braden Lenzy on a drag route for 43 yards. Six plays later, Book again scrambled, but this time he kept the ball and went 26 yards to convert a 4th-and-2. Two plays after that he hit Claypool for an 8-yard touchdown pass to put Notre Dame up 28-17.

6:20 PM Update: Irish offense responds with a three-and-out of its own. Book missed Tremble on an out-cut on first down and came up short on a scramble on third-down. Center Jarrett Patterson and right guard Trevor Ruhland allowed the third-down pressure.

6:15 PM Update: Notre Dame misses a field goal on its opening drive, but the Irish defense stays hot, forcing a quick three-and-out. A batted pass on 2nd-and-7 by blitzing rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah helped stall the drive.

HALFTIME STATS

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5:45 PM Update: Halftime Analysis - The Notre Dame offensive line has been poor this entire game. Book has been off-target for much of the game, but he made three strong throws in a row when it was needed to give the Irish a lead. Defensively, the DL was slow to get going and Stanford pushed them around early. The tackling by the defense has been poor, but they settled down on the final three drives and the DL started taking the game over.

During the week Brian Kelly called Stanford either a nameless, faceless opponent, and when you prepare your team that way you get what we are seeing today. Notre Dame is out-talenting a 4-7 Stanford team, but the Cardinal are playing harder. 

5:41 PM Update: Despite sloppy and undisciplined play for much of the half, Notre Dame takes a 21-17 lead into the halftime break. The defense settled down and the Foskey blocked punt completely changed the momentum of the game.

5:33 PM Update: Notre Dame offense answers as Ian Book hits three straight passes as the Irish go 76 yards on just three plays to put the Irish up 21-17. TE Cole Kmet went for 24 yards on a crossing route on the first play, and Book went to WR Chase Claypool for a 41-yard touchdown on a go route. Stanford had spent much of the game doubling up Claypool, but he was one-on-one on the touchdown throw and Book went to him for six.

5:31 PM Update: Irish defense finally settling down, forced another Stanford punt to give the offense the ball back with 1:41 left in the opening half. After the pass rush was mostly non-existent for much of the half, Irish had back-to-back good pressures from DE's Ade Ogundeji and Jamir Jones to force two rushed throws that fell incomplete.

5:26 PM Update: It took three plays, but Notre Dame answers with a touchdown as Book found sophomore TE Tommy Tremble in the end zone on 3rd-and-Goal to make it a 17-14 game. 

5:22 PM Update: The Notre Dame defense and special teams changes the game. On 3rd-and-4, CB Troy Pride Jr. uses his great speed to tackle QB Davis Mills short of the first-down marker. On the punt, freshman DE Isaiah Foskey blocks the punt and Justin Ademilola recovers it and takes the ball to the Stanford 1-yard line.

5:07 PM Update: Stanford takes a 17-7 lead over Notre Dame with a 28-yard touchdown pass from QB Davis Mills to WR Michael Wilson. Irish had a chance to do damage but a 2nd-and-10 sack chance turned into a 17-yard scramble by Mills, as DT Kurt Hinish couldn't finish off the play. The touchdown pass came on 3rd-and-8.

5:00 PM Update: Another Notre Dame punts. Irish convert a 3rd-and-8 with a an under route by Jones Jr., but the 15-yard gain was negated by a holding penalty on center Jarrett Patterson. LT Liam Eichenberg got beat inside on the next play and forced a rushed pass by Book that fell incomplete. So far, Notre Dame has called 9 pass plays and 3 run plays against the Cardinal.

4:54 PM Update: Notre Dame finally forces a punt. After giving up a first down, the Irish defense buckles down and forces an incompletion on 3rd-and-2, one that was aided by the wide receiver falling down. Irish get a chance to take the lead on offense.

4:46 PM Update: Notre Dame goes three-and-out and punts. Rough drive for Ian Book, who ran into a sack on first-down and then was late throwing to Lawrence Keys on a deep in cut on third-down. If Book shows the proper anticipation and timing the throw is there to be made. We are headed to the second quarter with Stanford leading 10-7.

4:38 PM Update: Stanford takes drive No. 2 all the way down to the Irish 2-yard line, but the Irish defense buckled down at the goal line and forced a Stanford field goal. Cardinal take a 10-7 lead. Drive went 82 yards in 16 plays. Stanford came into the game averaging 106 rushing yards per game but has 52 yards through two drives. Stanford converted three third-downs on the drive.

4:21 PM Update: Notre Dame answers with an 80-yard touchdown drive of its own. The Irish needed just five plays to score, and overcame a dropped pass and a false start thanks to two straight quick/smart reads by QB Ian Book and several well-thrown balls. On 2nd-and-15, Book perfectly read an RPO by pulling the ball and hitting TE Cole Kmet up the seam for a 20-yard gain. On the second play, Stanford dropped deep in coverage and Book quickly checked the ball down to RB Tony Jones Jr., who picked up 24 yards. Notre Dame ran a slip screen after faking a reverse to get Jones free for a 16-yard touchdown catch and run.

4:12 PM Update: Stanford gets the ball to start the game and goes right down the field to take an early 7-0 lead. Cardinal went 75 yards on seven plays, with QB Davis Mills going 5-5 for 71 yards and a touchdown. Irish got no pass rush and the Cardinal made two big plays over the middle of the field, a drag by the tight end and an arrow route by a RB.

3:03 PM Update: With DT's Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Jayson Ademilola banged up, sources told me that senior DE Ade Ogundeji got some action at defensive tackle this week. If the banged up DT's can't go do not be surprised if we see snaps with Ogundeji and DE Khalid Kareem on the field at the same time.

3:00 PM Update: Travel roster for today's game.

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Comments (168)
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IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Can you believe Brando's comment at the end of the game about ND not wanting to take on a power 5 team in the Cotton Bowl? What a condescending b!@#! Brando needs to get a show with Fienbaum and Cowherd where they give each other backrubs while they sit around agreeing with each other.

Bridges02
Bridges02

11 penalties for 95 yards

jsully0101
jsully0101

I wish I could assume Jurkovec would get time in the next ND drive.

LT5
LT5

The Helmets look good on some angles then other camera angles it looks yellowish and bad

t13bru
t13bru

I’ve been listening to the game so far over the radio. Why is the footing so poor today?

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

What am I doing wrong? I have to log out and log back in to get updated messages

pythagorean
pythagorean

Lol on coach D’s tweet. Brando is such a hater. Kudos to every adjustment the defense made at the half!

ND1518
ND1518

Why not free play?

Matt0315
Matt0315

can somebody figure out the footing

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

How about Book throwing the block to spring TJJ!

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

OL is really not good

Matt0315
Matt0315

Can Ian Book lower his shoulder and pick up the 1st

Hip19
Hip19

Questionable play calling to end the drive where ND missed the field goal. Running game starts to produce and then 3 passing plays with 2 incompletions. As if the OC also doesn’t trust the OL.

Pjtdomer
Pjtdomer

Kelly does look checked out on the sidelines. Maybe this is his last game.

seang347
seang347

Bryan,

Would love to get your opinion on just how bad this broadcast crew has been when you get the chance to rewatch the game. Just to confirm we are not all taking crazy pills.

Matt0315
Matt0315

any word on Finke???

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

Did the announcer really just question that PI call???

maloy49
maloy49

Are we 0-4 in getting a kick return past or to the 25?

Englehart21
Englehart21

Chip Long should seriously consider not putting a RB on the field anymore. An extra lineman or WR is more beneficial at this point

GingerBeard
GingerBeard

How the team come out of that locker room will be very telling

IrishDeke
IrishDeke

Tim Brando is absolutely insufferable. Not only is his lack of professionalism shown in the fact that he's too lazy to learn how to properly pronounce players' names, but his football ignorance is astounding. Isn't their a senior tour event in Dubai or something he could be at?

JohnnyKen
JohnnyKen

Boy does Khalid battle on every single play. That guys gonna be a NFL staple for years to come. Guy just loves the game

Bridges02
Bridges02

That's 14 points in 1:40

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Notre Dame has played sloppy, bad football for much of the first half and still leads Stanford 21-17.

Irish are lucky that Stanford stinks because this game would be much, much worse if the opponent wasn't terrible. The Irish are basically out-talenting Stanford at this point. Players are making plays.

Matt0315
Matt0315

so I go to the bathroom and i missed the score.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Notre Dame offense answers as Ian Book hits three straight passes as the Irish go 76 yards on just three plays to put the Irish up 21-17. TE Cole Kmet went for 24 yards on a crossing route on the first play, and Book went to WR Chase Claypool for a 41-yard touchdown on a go route. Stanford had spent much of the game doubling up Claypool, but he was one-on-one on the touchdown throw and Book went to him for six.

chamgel
chamgel

There are no 50-50 balls with Chase Claypool, just completions..

jmjonesy80
jmjonesy80

At least I can be confident that Lea will make some good adjustments at the half.

jsully0101
jsully0101

It’s crazy to imagine that Notre Dame could take the lead before halftime...

Matt0315
Matt0315

they got the TD. But it is absolutely embarrassing that ND cant run the ball in from the 2.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

Three false starts, no movement in the run game against a poor defense, there's a reason no one was beating down Quinn's door to hire him during hte multiple years he was an analyst at Notre Dame.

Bridges02
Bridges02

OL is losing us this game.... and not just the McFlinchys

lewboy3
lewboy3

EL OH EL

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

Editor

On 3rd-and-4, CB Troy Pride Jr. uses his great speed to tackle QB Davis Mills short of the first-down marker. On the punt, freshman DE Isaiah Foskey blocks the punt and Justin Ademilola recovers it and takes the ball to the Stanford 1-yard line.

Matt0315
Matt0315

oline gets 0 push

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

We needed that

Matt0315
Matt0315

nice to see special teams making plays

Jamestulane
Jamestulane

Flashbacks to Ann Arbor

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

Another punt, if Stanford scores here, I’m calling the game

Matt0315
Matt0315

Another game on the road where BK fails to get his team ready

GNielsen
GNielsen

How is it possible we had 3 OL blocking Booker and he still got his hands up?

Matt0315
Matt0315

Anyone have Urban Meyer's contact info

Bridges02
Bridges02

This field is embarrassing... We also should have brought longer cleats

dbhenders
dbhenders

What time does Notre Dame show up for the game? Asking for a friend...

Billyo
Billyo

Tony Jones really doing a poor job of hitting the right holes...bouncing it outside is not his game. Baffling to me!

Matt0315
Matt0315

did Chip Long have to sign off on hiring Jeff Quinn as the oline coach or was that all BK

Billyo
Billyo

Ya know, at some point this team has to hold each other accountable for false starts....pitiful

Irish-PTY
Irish-PTY

Offensive line, P A T H E T I C

Kcndmis97
Kcndmis97

We are just not destined to win in Palo Alto or Ann Arbor, no matter how bad the opponent is

Dsimpson79
Dsimpson79

Sucks to suck


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