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Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry
First contestedJanuary 1, 1925
Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10
Number of meetings33
Most recent meetingSeptember 29, 2018
Notre Dame 38, Stanford 17
Next meetingNovember 30, 2019 in Palo Alto
All-time seriesNotre Dame leads, 19–13 (.594)
Largest victoryNotre Dame, 57–7 (2003)
Longest win streakNotre Dame, 7 (2002–2008)
Current streakNotre Dame, 1 (2018–present)
StadiumsNotre Dame Stadium
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Stanford Stadium
Palo Alto, California, U.S.

The Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry is an American college football rivalry[citation needed] between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame and Stanford Cardinal football team of Stanford University. As of 2018, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Stanford Cardinal have met 33 times, beginning in 1925 (though the modern series began in 1988).[1] The Notre Dame–Stanford game has been played annually since 1997, with the teams meeting at Notre Dame Stadium earlier in the season (late September to mid-October) in even-numbered years, and at Stanford Stadium on the weekend following Thanksgiving in odd-numbered years since 1999. The game typically alternates positions in Notre Dame's schedule with its other Pac-12 opponent, USC.

TrophyEdit

File:Legends Trophy reconditioned in 2014.jpg
File:Notre Dame - Stanford 1925 Rose Bowl Game Score Plate.jpg

The winner of the game gains the Legends Trophy, a Dublin Irish crystal bowl resting on a California redwood base.[1][2][3][4] The trophy was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area.[1][5][6]

Series historyEdit

The series began on January 1, 1925 (the end of the 1924 season) when Notre Dame's Four Horsemen and head coach Knute Rockne faced Stanford's Ernie Nevers and head coach Pop Warner at the 1925 Rose Bowl.[7][8][9] Notre Dame's 27–10 victory earned their first-ever national title and the first of four national titles to come via bowl victories.[1]

After the two teams' first meeting at the 1925 Rose Bowl, they did not play each other again until 1942.[7] They did not meet again until playing two games in 1963 and 1964. Those four games were the only games before the modern series began. Notre Dame and Stanford have played the modern series annually since 1988 (except in 1995 and 1996).[1] The series has been renewed through the 2024 season.

Game resultsEdit

As of 2018, Notre Dame leads the series 19–13, though the Cardinal lead 7–3 in the last ten games.[1] The Fighting Irish hold the longest win-streak in the series, with 7 wins from 2002–2008.[1][7] The Cardinal's longest win streak were a pair of 3-win streaks from 2009 to 2011 and from 2015 to 2017. The back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010 were the school's first consecutive victories in the series.[1] Notre Dame is 12–4 at home while Stanford is 9–6 at home.[1][7] Notre Dame won the only game played at a neutral site at the 1925 Rose Bowl.[7]

Notre Dame victoriesStanford victoriesVacated wins[n 1]
No.DateLocationWinnerScoreNotes
1 January 1, 1925 Pasadena, CA Notre Dame 27–10
2 October 10, 1942 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 27–0 [nb 1]
3 October 26, 1963 Palo Alto, CA Stanford 24–14
4 October 24, 1964 South Bend, IN #2 Notre Dame 28–6
5 October 1, 1988 South Bend, IN #5 Notre Dame 42–14 [nb 2]
6 October 7, 1989 Palo Alto, CA #1 Notre Dame 27–17 [nb 3]
7 October 6, 1990 South Bend, IN Stanford 36–31 [nb 4]
8 October 5, 1991 Palo Alto, CA #8 Notre Dame 42–26
9 October 3, 1992 South Bend, IN #18 Stanford 33–16 [nb 5]
10 October 2, 1993 Palo Alto, CA #4 Notre Dame 48–20
11 October 1, 1994 South Bend, IN #8 Notre Dame 34–15 [nb 6]
12 October 4, 1997 Palo Alto, CA #19 Stanford 33–15
13 October 3, 1998 South Bend, IN #23 Notre Dame 35–17
14 November 27, 1999 Palo Alto, CA Stanford 40–37
15 October 7, 2000 South Bend, IN #25 Notre Dame 20–14
16 November 24, 2001 Palo Alto, CA #13 Stanford 17–13
17 October 5, 2002 South Bend, IN #9 Notre Dame 31–7 [nb 7]
18 November 29, 2003 Palo Alto, CA Notre Dame 57–7 [nb 8]
No.DateLocationWinnerScoreNotes
19 October 9, 2004 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 23–15
20 November 26, 2005 Palo Alto, CA Notre Dame 38–31
21 October 7, 2006 South Bend, IN #12 Notre Dame 31–10
22 November 24, 2007 Palo Alto, CA Notre Dame 21–14
23 October 4, 2008 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 28–21
24 November 28, 2009 Palo Alto, CA Stanford 45–38 [nb 9]
25 September 25, 2010 South Bend, IN #16 Stanford 37–14 [nb 10]
26 November 26, 2011 Palo Alto, CA #4 Stanford 28–14 [nb 11]
27 October 13, 2012 South Bend, IN #7 Notre Dame 20–13OT [nb 12]
28 November 30, 2013 Palo Alto, CA #8 Stanford 27–20 [nb 13]
29 October 4, 2014 South Bend, IN #9 Notre Dame 17–14 [nb 14]
30 November 28, 2015 Palo Alto, CA #13 Stanford 38–36 [nb 15]
31 October 15, 2016 South Bend, IN Stanford 17–10
32 November 25, 2017 Palo Alto, CA #20 Stanford 38–20 [nb 16]
33 September 29, 2018 South Bend, IN #8 Notre Dame 38–17 [nb 17]
34 November 30, 2019 Palo Alto, CA
Series: Notre Dame leads 19–13
† Vacated by Notre Dame.
Rankings from AP Poll. Source:[10][19]

Game notesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 "Stanford Game Notes". University of Notre Dame Official Athletics Site. http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/092510aae.html.
  2. A picture of the Legends Trophy is available here.
  3. "Notre Dame at Stanford". Sports Illustrated/CNN. 2001-11-24. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/previews/2001/11/24/sss_nnx/.
  4. "College Football "Eithers": Rivalries Re-Loaded". Rogue Mentality. 2009-11-27. http://www.roguementality.com/post/259976361/eithers13.
  5. Rick Eymer (2006-10-06). "Stanford hoping to survive a tough football trip to Notre Dame". Palo Alto Weekly. http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/story.php?story_id=2984.
  6. Associated Press (2007-11-24). "Cardinal, Irish look for positive finishes". San Mateo Daily Journal. http://smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=sports&title=Cardinal,%20Irish%20look%20for%20positive%20finishes&id=83747&eddate=11/24/2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 "Notre Dame-Stanford series – College Football". Yahoo! Rivals. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=rivals-1130873.
  8. Erin McGinn (2010-09-25). "Long history between Notre Dame and Stanford". WNDU-TV. http://www.wndu.com/sports/headlines/103778934.html.
  9. "The Palo Alto Connection". One Foot Down. 2010-08-15. http://onefootdown.fantake.com/2010/08/15/the-palo-alto-connection/.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Stanford Football Media Guide". Stanford University Athletics. http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/69a53922#/69a53922/145.
  11. "Notre Dame confirms it has not retained Charlie Weis". USA Today. November 30, 2009. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2009/11/while-waiting-for-word-on-weis-notre-dame-players-will-vote-on-bowl-game/1.
  12. "Goal line call secures Notre Dame's win over Stanford (VIDEO)". USA Today. October 14, 2012. https://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/10/13/notre-dame-beats-stanford-goal-line-stand/1631919/.
  13. "Notre Dame's controversial goal-line stand secures overtime victory vs. Stanford". AOL. October 13, 2012. http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-10-13/notre-dame-goal-line-stand-ot-stanford-stepfan-taylor.
  14. "Pereira: Irish lucky on two big calls". Fox Sports. October 14, 2012. http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/notre-dame-stanford-officials-referee-calls-help-irish-win-lucky-irish-101312.
  15. "Stanford-Notre Dame ends on controversial replay ruling (Video)". Larry Brown Sports. October 13, 2012. http://larrybrownsports.com/college-football/stanford-notre-dame-replay-video/158226.
  16. NCAA orders Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate wins from 2012, 2013 seasons. ESPN, 2016-11-22.
  17. Low, Chris (June 16, 2009). "What does vacating wins really mean?". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/4734/what-does-vacating-wins-really-mean. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  18. Taylor, John (July 4, 2009). "Vacated Wins Do Not Equal Forfeits". NBCSports.com. NBC Sports. http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/07/04/vacated-wins-do-not-equal-forfeits/. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  19. "Stanford-Notre Dame Series Extended Through 2019". Stanford University Athletics. May 19, 2011. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20121119045906/http://www.gostanford.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/051911aaa.html.

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