#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Stanford


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter after games.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 140-character takes during the game.

With Stanford's star running back Christian McCaffrey declared out before the game, hopes were raised for some Notre Dame fans when I asked for final score predictions.

@TJamesNDI we need this win! ND 31 Stanford 28 #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@sb_hastings) October 15, 2016

@TJamesNDI ND 34 Tree 24 #NDInsider

— Jeff (@jeff_herr) October 15, 2016

Notre Dame scored the only points of the first quarter on an eight-yard run by quarterback DeShone Kizer, and the Irish defense held Stanford scoreless. That's a promising start, right?

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider could have used a drive where they didn't throw it at all at ANY point last week.

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) October 16, 2016

Hunter Bivin was a beast that drive #NotreDame#NDInsider#GoIrish

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI they can run using their QB. Wish Kelly would have considered that last week. #ndinsider

— Greg Ritter (@ccsaints71) October 16, 2016

Ok...the defense is looking a little better tonight...hopefully this is a real sign of progress #ndinsider#STANvsND

— CDN (@cdn515) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#ndinsider very happy with the running game. Great use of our big future pros on the O-line. Pressure getting to Burns. B- grade

— Kentucky Catholic (@PrayHailMary) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#ndinsider At least we're showing progress on defense

— Mike MacDonald (@mikemacdonald72) October 16, 2016

The Irish defense continued the shutout through the second half with the help of an interception by cornerback Cole Luke. Notre Dame took a 10-0 lead in the locker room, and it didn't need a hurricane to play better defense.

Kids are having fun on the sideline - love it. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@sb_hastings) October 16, 2016

Don't have the stats - but love the last 8 quarters of ND defense #NDInsider

— David (@David_1980_ND) October 16, 2016

LUUUKKKKEEEEEE!!!!! Yes Cole....way to save those points #ndinsider#STANvsND

— CDN (@cdn515) October 16, 2016

Notre Dame's slide started early in the second half. After gaining a first down on three consecutive carries by running back Josh Adams to open the third quarter, Kizer threw an interception to Stanford's Quenton Meeks.

don't help Stanford out Kizer...our defense is actually doing a decent job tonight #ndinsider#STANvsND

— CDN (@cdn515) October 16, 2016

Why does BK always give up on the run when it's working? #NDInsider

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#ndinsider I'm starting to think this isn't Notre Dame's year.

— Jeff (@DubbDubbs) October 16, 2016

After Kizer ended the next drive with another interception, head coach Brian Kelly replaced him with Malik Zaire. The first two drives with Zaire at quarterback resulted in negative 13 yards and a safety, which occurred on a snap from center Sam Mustipher that flew out past Zaire and out of the end zone. The Irish clung to a 10-9 lead through three quarters despite not giving up a point to the Stanford offense.

There is not 1 thing about this team that is fun to watch and nothing about the young guys make you think it will ever get better #NDInsider

— FireBK (@bbakertn) October 16, 2016

When it rains..... #NDInsider

— Pam Whittington (@pamelawhit) October 16, 2016

Notre Dame offense searching for their inner Rutgers offense #NDinsider

— Anthony G (@antghibesi) October 16, 2016

Y'all got mad a BK for saying the snapping was atrocious..turns out he was right. Truth hurts. Suck it up. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 16, 2016

With Notre Dame struggling, even NBC broadcaster Doug Flutie was safe from criticism.

Doug Flutie shouldn't be analyst for Notre Dame games - let him do CFL games #NDInsider#NDFB#NDvsStanford

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) October 16, 2016


— Pam Whittington (@pamelawhit) October 16, 2016

Stanford took a 17-10 lead on the first drive of the fourth quarter. Despite the lack of success on the first two drives, Zaire remained in the game. His third drive included three plays, a sack and a net of four yards before the Irish punted again to a Stanford offense ready to milk the clock.

#NDInsider I think ND is winning the eye-black battle. #gottacountforsomething@TJamesNDI

— Jim MacDonald (@_jimmacdonald) October 16, 2016

Not only did Kelly sit Kizer but where has Folston been in the 2nd half? He was running hard in the 1st half. #NDInsider

— Nate Gay (@CoachNate79) October 16, 2016

Welp... Nice job Brian Kelly... Really poor QB management... #NDInsider

— Paul_In_Maple (@CLE_CLCFan) October 16, 2016

Kizer returned with his team trailing by seven points and needing to go 75 yards to the tie game with 3:44 left. He moved the Notre Dame offense to as far as Stanford's eight-yard line, but the drive stalled with a sack, a spike to stop the clock and a failed fourth-down conversion attempt. Stanford's 17 points would go unanswered.

My problem with Kizer is that he has got to GET RID OF THE BALL QUICKER! #NDInsider

— Ed Johnson (@hockeypimp17) October 16, 2016

Surprisingly, I'm not even mad @NDFootball lost tonight. I'm so ready for this season to be over with. #Boring#NDInsider

— Th3Bill (@Th3Bill) October 16, 2016

no seriously..Kelly needs to be benched for a few many more times do we have to try this many #ndinsider

— CDN (@cdn515) October 16, 2016

1 Brian down, 1 Brian to go. There is literally no excuse for this season. #FiretheBrians#NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@sb_hastings) October 16, 2016

My questions for tonight's game #NDvsSTANFORD. 1. Why switch QB 2. Where was Folston 3. Do we have a tight end? #ndinsider

— Paul Darling (@Paulie932) October 16, 2016

#ndinsider , Zaire lost his chance, and no blame could be laid on the defense

— qball79619 (@qball79619) October 16, 2016

Following the Notre Dame loss, I asked fans a simple question: What was the most frustrating part of tonight's game? It received a variety of answers, but coaching was a repeated theme.

@TJamesNDI was there anything that looked good? #NDInsider

— Jeff Czerniakowski (@jeffczern) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI pulling Kizer #NDInsider

— Christopher Hall (@Itwillnotrain) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI diss. appoint. ed#NDInsider

— NDChipmunk (@NDChipmunk) October 16, 2016

All of it. #NDInsider

— The.Chris.Reiter. (@reiter_cm) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI the fact i didnt see the heated exchange between bk and stanford strength coach #ndinsider

— shea mccormick (@sheamccormick) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI O-line is the worst in YRS! Zaire is not, and never will be the answer. BK on the hot seat. No McCaf, no prob for Stan #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 16, 2016

A team with two QBs doesn't have one. #NDinsider

— Sean Kernan (@KernanSean) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider the benching of Kizer. There can be no other answer.

— Dave Petroziello (@dpetr12676) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI Awful coaching #ndinsider

— Joe Dunn (@go_irish29) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider the Off. play calls never went to a 3 step drop. Solomon Thomas playing in backfield all night = get ball out fast

— Michael Mitchell (@mfmitchell88) October 16, 2016

#NDInsider D was only bright spot. No identity, musical QB's, coaching/play calling bad. Why can't we line up &run, it worked 1 drive, ????

— Jon lunardini (@PrimeTimePuma) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider plain & simple. BK & staff has lost this team. No consistency to play calling and personnel packages.

— PAUL (@NDPaulSixOne235) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider Zaire sub was unfair to the team, especially to MZ. Is coach making a habit of isolating players?

— Kentucky Catholic (@PrayHailMary) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI Brian Kelly, hands down #NDInsider

— Diane Sherlock (@Diane_Sherlock) October 16, 2016

#NDInsider last drive inside 20 awful, sack, clocking it on 3rd down, then running up middle on 4th down scramble?No shots to the end zone?

— Jon lunardini (@PrimeTimePuma) October 16, 2016

Folston not getting more touches #NDInsider

— Joshua Hilbert (@ndfan4life41) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI@TNNDN Offensive inconsistency, D did there job offense seemed to unravel as the game went on...#NDInsider

— Nicole Becker (@Crazy4OReilly90) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI wasting 3 possessions with Zaire under center. Why needlessly bench the best playmaker on the team? #NDInsider

— Blake Jackson (@jackson_blake) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDinsider Kelly focuses on the D they get better and the O gets worse

— Walter Roberts (@wrobertsnd) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI@TNNDN Defense played well, but ND cannot play both sides of the ball well in the same game #NDInsider

— yvonne (@Evie_Vail) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider Abandoning the running game. Also not coaching up Kizer after pulling him.

— Jim MacDonald (@_jimmacdonald) October 16, 2016

Most frustrating: Such great kids and great talent; my heart aches for them and senior band members #NDInsider Tough lessons for all of us

— Joanne Boyer (@wisdomvoices) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI Coach Kelly, Coach Kelly, and Coach Kelly. Kizer gives the best chance to win. Now he's looking over his shoulder #NDInsider

— Kevin Roorbach (@Smack4ND) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI that Zaire had as much PT as he did. The ball just doesn't move with him in this year. #NDInsider

— Ethan peak (@PeakEthan) October 16, 2016

Notre Dame fans were sent into the bye week likely happy to spend next Saturday not fretting over another Irish game.

#NDinsider if Kelly had a midterm exam he'd be academically ineligible for the rest of the season. Thank god there's a bye.

— IrishSteel (@irishgreen75) October 16, 2016

The 2007 Notre Dame team was better to watch than this mess. IMO Brian Kelly should be finished BUT ND won't cut him lose bc $$$$ #NDInsider

— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) October 16, 2016

#ndfootball is in need of an emotional reboot and Brian Kelly is NOT the coach to do it #NDvsSTANFORD#NDInsider

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI umm can we hire coach Bud Kilmer please he will do what it takes #NDInsider

— RW (@carroll1_ralph) October 16, 2016

Somewhere this man is looking forward to a phone can from somewhere at

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 16, 2016

@TJamesNDI should I raise my son as an Irish fan is that fair too him #NDInsider

— RW (@carroll1_ralph) October 16, 2016

Fighting Irish fans react to a 10-17 Notre Dame loss to Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, October 15, 2016 in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ