Notre Dame smashes Stanford to complete 11-1 regular season
Notre Dame defeated rival Stanford 45-14 on Saturday night, polishing off an 11-1 regular season for the Fighting Irish.
Brian Kelly’s squad was in control from start to finish. Stanford didn’t score until the third quarter— which was Notre Dame’s first touchdown allowed since beating North Carolina on Oct. 30.
This is the 9th 11-win season in Notre Dame history and its 4th under Kelly.
— Saturday Road (@SaturdayRoad) November 28, 2021
Quarterback Jack Coan played perhaps his best game of the season, completing 26-of-35 passes for 345 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Like they have been for much of the season, running back Kyren Williams and tight end Michael Mayer were the focal points of Notre Dame’s offense. Williams rushed for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns and also tacked on 20 more yards through the air. Mayer caught 9 passes for 105 yards.
Notre Dame is now in position to possibly sneak into the College Football Playoff depending on what happens next week. Assuming No. 1 Georgia beats Alabama, Notre Dame likely just needs one loss from a group of three conference finalists: Oklahoma State, Michigan and Cincinnati.
The Fighting Irish could move up one spot in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings, but it’s possible Oklahoma State will jump them. The Cowboys defeated No. 10 Oklahoma 37-37 in Bedlam on Saturday night.
The next College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday night.