Notre Dame football holds off Stanford

Al Lesar
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Ben Koyack caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Everett Golson with just over a minute to play to give No. 9 Notre Dame (5-0) a come-from-behind 17-14 victory over Stanford (3-2) on Saturday.

The pass was the culmination of a 58-yard, nine-play drive shortly after the Cardinal had gone ahead.

After two botched field goal tries — precipitated from bad holds that were probably impacted by the cold (42 degrees), constant drizzle and wind (17 mph out of the northwest) — Kyle Brindza came through with a 45-yard field goal that put the Irish up 10-7, with 7:32 to play.

Stanford answered in a big way.

Ty Montgomery took the ensuing kickoff out of the end zone 42 yards to start the drive. Eight plays later, facing third-and-goal at the 11, Remound Wright broke through the middle of the Irish defense and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:01 to play.

Two Golson turnovers had a profound impact on the first half that ended with a 7-7 deadlock.

The first, a fumble on the Irish 12-yard line, opened the door for Stanford to put its points on the board. Hogan found a seam in the Irish defense and ran untouched into the end zone. It broke a nine-game streak in which Notre Dame had scored first.

The second, an interception by Jordan Richards, happened inside the Cardinal 10 and foiled an Irish attempt to tie the game.

Notre Dame finally got on the board 3:06 before intermission. After a botched field goal try by Stanford, the Irish took over at their own 38. Golson had a 33-yard run on a quarterback draw that set up a 17-yard connection with Chris Brown to tie the game.

Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza misses a field goal in the first half during the Notre Dame-Stanford football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN