3 takeaways from Notre Dame's disastrous loss to Stanford
Notre Dame fell to Stanford 16-14 on Saturday night in South Bend.
The Irish struggled at times on both sides of the ball, but especially offensive vs. a Stanford defense has been amongst the Pac-12’s worst so far in 2022.
Here are 3 takeaways from the loss:
Notre Dame’s offensive woes are back
Notre Dame put together back-to-back good performances on offense, but the Irish struggled mightily again on Saturday night vs. Stanford.
Those issues were especially apparent in the first half as Notre Dame was shutout and averaged only 3.3 yards per play. For the game, Drew Pyne completed just 13-of-27 passes for 151 yards and 1 touchdown.
Outside of Notre Dame’s two scoring drives in the second half, the Irish were poor offensively. Notre Dame’s final two drives ended with a fumble and a turnover on downs.
Notre Dame entered this game on a 3-game winning streak and appeared to be headed in the right direction.
Instead, it’s another dreadful loss for the Fighting Irish who have also fallen to Ohio State and Marshall this season. Notre Dame is now 3-3 and will need to rally down the stretch if it wants to make a bowl game.
Notre Dame was a 16.5-point favorite in this game, marking its second loss of the year as a multi-score favorite in Vegas.
Are changes coming?
Notre Dame’s offense has been led by coordinator Tommy Rees since the 2020 season. With another bad loss on its résumé, Rees’ status could be called into question.
The Irish are already playing with a backup quarterback in Drew Pyne, who had been excellent in his previous 2 starts. The only other available scholarship quarterback is true freshman Steve Angelli.
Defensively, Notre Dame held up well enough to win. The Irish allowed only a pair of field goal drives in the second half. The second field goal came with 10:20 remaining, which should have been enough time for Notre Dame’s offense to take the lead.
Instead, running back Audric Estime fumbled near midfield and Stanford was able to take enough time off the clock that Notre Dame had just 1 more chance. The Irish turned it over on downs to effectively end the game.
Notre Dame hosts UNLV at home next weekend.