Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry

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Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry
NotreDameFightingIrish.svg Stanford plain block "S" logo.svg
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Stanford Cardinal

Total meetings 29
Series record Notre Dame leads, 19–10
First meeting January 1, 1925
Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10
Last meeting October 4, 2014
Notre Dame 17, Stanford 14
Next meeting November 28, 2015
Largest win Notre Dame, 57–7 (2003)
Longest win streak Notre Dame, 7 (2002–08)
Trophy Legends Trophy

The Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team of the University of Notre Dame and Stanford Cardinal football team of Stanford University. As of 2014, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Stanford Cardinal have met 29 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 in October in even-numbered years, and Stanford Stadium on the weekend following Thanksgiving in odd-numbered years.

Trophy[edit]

The Legends Trophy, an Irish crystal glass on a California redwood base awarded to the winner of the annual Notre Dame–Stanford football game, currently resides with Notre Dame.

The winner of the game gains the Legends Trophy, an Irish crystal glass 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 history[edit]

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 championship 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]

Game results[edit]

As of 2014, Notre Dame leads the series 19–10.[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 was 3 wins from 2009–2011. The back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010 are the school's first consecutive victories in the series[1] Notre Dame is 12–3 at home while Stanford is 7–6 at home.[1][7] Notre Dame won the only game played at a neutral site at the 1925 Rose Bowl.[7]
Notre Dame victories are shaded ██ blue. Stanford victories are shaded ██ cardinal.

Date Winning Team Losing Team Location Series Lead Notes
January 1, 1925 Notre Dame 27 Stanford 10 Rose Bowl Notre Dame 1–0
October 10, 1942 Notre Dame 27 Stanford 0 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 2–0 [nb 1]
October 26, 1963 Stanford 24 Notre Dame 14 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 2–1
October 24, 1964 #2 Notre Dame 28 Stanford 6 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 3–1
October 1, 1988 #5 Notre Dame 42 Stanford 14 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 4–1 [nb 2]
October 7, 1989 #1 Notre Dame 27 Stanford 17 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 5–1 [nb 3]
October 6, 1990 Stanford 36 #1 Notre Dame 31 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 5–2 [nb 4]
October 5, 1991 #8 Notre Dame 42 Stanford 26 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 6–2
October 3, 1992 #18 Stanford 33 #6 Notre Dame 16 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 6–3 [nb 5]
October 2, 1993 #4 Notre Dame 48 Stanford 20 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 7–3
October 1, 1994 #8 Notre Dame 34 Stanford 15 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 8–3 [nb 6]
October 4, 1997 #19 Stanford 33 Notre Dame 15 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 8–4
October 3, 1998 #23 Notre Dame 35 Stanford 17 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 9–4
November 27, 1999 Stanford 40 Notre Dame 37 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 9–5
October 7, 2000 #25 Notre Dame 20 Stanford 14 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 10–5
November 24, 2001 #13 Stanford 17 Notre Dame 13 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 10–6
October 5, 2002 #9 Notre Dame 31 Stanford 7 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 11–6 [nb 7]
November 29, 2003 Notre Dame 57 Stanford 7 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 12–6 [nb 8]
October 9, 2004 Notre Dame 23 Stanford 15 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 13–6
November 26, 2005 Notre Dame 38 Stanford 31 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 14–6
October 7, 2006 #12 Notre Dame 31 Stanford 10 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 15–6
November 24, 2007 Notre Dame 21 Stanford 14 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 16–6
October 4, 2008 Notre Dame 28 Stanford 21 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 17–6
November 28, 2009 Stanford 45 Notre Dame 38 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 17–7 [nb 9]
September 25, 2010 #16 Stanford 37 Notre Dame 14 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 17–8 [nb 10]
November 26, 2011 #4 Stanford 28 #22 Notre Dame 14 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 17–9 [nb 11]
October 13, 2012 #7 Notre Dame 20 #17 Stanford 13 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 18–9 [nb 12]
November 30, 2013 #8 Stanford 27 #25 Notre Dame 20 Stanford Stadium Notre Dame 18–10 [nb 13]
October 4, 2014 #9 Notre Dame 17 #14 Stanford 14 Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame 19–10 [nb 14]
November 28, 2015 Stanford Stadium
October 15, 2016 Notre Dame Stadium
Rankings from AP Poll. Source:[10][16]

Game notes[edit]

  1. ^ The only shutout of the series[7]
  2. ^ The first meeting of the modern series
  3. ^ The start of a five-game streak in which the away team won[1]
  4. ^ Stanford's first win in the modern series
  5. ^ First time both teams were ranked entering the game[10]
  6. ^ The start of a seven-game streak in which the home team won[1]
  7. ^ The start of a seven-game winning streak for Notre Dame – the longest streak in the history of the series[1][7]
  8. ^ The first victory for an away team since 1993[1]
    The largest margin of victory in any game of the series[7]
  9. ^ Notre Dame fires coach Charlie Weis two days later[11]
  10. ^ Stanford's first back-to-back win in the series[1]
    The largest margin of victory for Stanford in the series
  11. ^ Second time both teams were ranked entering the game
  12. ^ Second straight time (and third time ever) both teams were ranked entering the game. Notre Dame forced overtime on a field goal with 20 seconds left after their drive was extended by Tyler Eifert drawing a pass-interference call on Terrence Brown. In OT, Irish quarterback Tommy Rees, replacing an injured Everett Golson, connected with T. J. Jones for a touchdown. Stanford had a chance to tie to force a second overtime, but after four straight runs by Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor, his final effort was ruled short of the goal line. The last play was reviewed and upheld, though the ruling met with controversy after the game.[12][13][14][15]
  13. ^ Third straight time (and fourth time ever) both teams were ranked entering the game
  14. ^ Fourth straight time (and fifth time ever) both teams were ranked entering the game. Third straight game decided by one score or less.

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