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

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 28
Series record Notre Dame, 18–10
First meeting January 1, 1925
Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10
Last meeting November 30, 2013
Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20
Next meeting October 4, 2014
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 2013, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Stanford Cardinal have met 28 times, beginning in 1925 (though the modern series began in 1988).[1] The Notre Dame–Stanford game has been played annually since 1997, and the game site alternates between Notre Dame Stadium in even-numbered years and Stanford Stadium 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 Stanford.

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 2013, Notre Dame leads the series 18–10.[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 11–3 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 ND 1–0 The first meeting of the series
October 10, 1942 Notre Dame 27 Stanford 0 Notre Dame Stadium ND 2–0 The only shut out of the series[7]
October 26, 1963 Stanford 24 Notre Dame 14 Stanford Stadium ND 2–1 Stanford's first win in the series
October 24, 1964 #2 Notre Dame 28 Stanford 6 Notre Dame Stadium ND 3–1 #2 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
October 1, 1988 #5 Notre Dame 42 Stanford 14 Notre Dame Stadium ND 4–1 The first meeting of the modern series
#5 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
October 7, 1989 #1 Notre Dame 27 Stanford 17 Stanford Stadium ND 5–1 The start of a five-game streak in which the away team won[1]
#1 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[7][10]
October 6, 1990 Stanford 36 #1 Notre Dame 31 Notre Dame Stadium ND 5–2 Stanford's first win in the modern series
Unranked Stanford upset #1 Notre Dame[7][10]
October 5, 1991 #8 Notre Dame 42 Stanford 26 Stanford Stadium ND 6–2 #8 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
October 3, 1992 #18 Stanford 33 #6 Notre Dame 16 Notre Dame Stadium ND 6–3 #18 Stanford upset #6 Notre Dame
First time both teams were ranked entering the game[10]
October 2, 1993 #4 Notre Dame 48 Stanford 20 Stanford Stadium ND 7–3 #4 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
October 1, 1994 #8 Notre Dame 34 Stanford 15 Notre Dame Stadium ND 8–3 The start of a seven-game streak in which the home team won[1]
#8 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
October 4, 1997 # 19 Stanford 33 Notre Dame 15 Stanford Stadium ND 8–4 #19 Stanford defeated unranked Notre Dame[7][10]
October 3, 1998 #23 Notre Dame 35 Stanford 17 Notre Dame Stadium ND 9–4 #23 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
November 27, 1999 Stanford 40 Notre Dame 37 Stanford Stadium ND 9–5
October 7, 2000 #25 Notre Dame 20 Stanford 14 Notre Dame Stadium ND 10–5 #25 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
November 24, 2001 #13 Stanford 17 Notre Dame 13 Stanford Stadium ND 10–6 #13 Stanford defeated unranked Notre Dame[7][10]
October 5, 2002 #9 Notre Dame 31 Stanford 7 Notre Dame Stadium ND 11–6 The start of a seven-game winning streak for Notre Dame – the longest streak in the history of the series[1][7]
#9 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[7][10]
November 29, 2003 Notre Dame 57 Stanford 7 Stanford Stadium ND 12–6 The first victory for an away team since 1993[1]
The largest margin of victory in any single game of the series[7]
October 9, 2004 Notre Dame 23 Stanford 15 Notre Dame Stadium ND 13–6
November 26, 2005 Notre Dame 38 Stanford 31 Stanford Stadium ND 14–6
October 7, 2006 #12 Notre Dame 31 Stanford 10 Notre Dame Stadium ND 15–6 #12 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford[10]
November 24, 2007 Notre Dame 21 Stanford 14 Stanford Stadium ND 16–6
October 4, 2008 Notre Dame 28 Stanford 21 Notre Dame Stadium ND 17–6
November 28, 2009 Stanford 45 Notre Dame 38 Stanford Stadium ND 17–7 The first Stanford win since 2001
The start of Stanford's first three-game winning streak[7]
Notre Dame fires Coach Charlie Weis two days later[11]
September 25, 2010 #16 Stanford 37 Notre Dame 14 Notre Dame Stadium ND 17–8 Stanford's first back-to-back win in the series[1]
#16 Stanford defeated unranked Notre Dame
The largest margin of victory for Stanford in the series
November 26, 2011 #4 Stanford 28 #22 Notre Dame 14 Stanford Stadium ND 17–9 Second time both teams were ranked entering the game
October 13, 2012 #7 Notre Dame 20 #17 Stanford 13 (OT) Notre Dame Stadium ND 18-9 Third time both teams were ranked entering the game. Notre Dame forced overtime with a late FG on a drive with two 15-yard controversial penalties against Stanford defense. In OT, Irish quarterback Tommy Rees connected with TJ 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 great controversy after the game. Two more controversies included a whistle from the stands that confused the Cardinal in the red zone and an errant spotting of the ball that cost Stanford several yards on a critical drive. [12][13][14][15]
November 30, 2013 #8 Stanford 27 #25 Notre Dame 20 Stanford Stadium ND 18–10 Fourth time both teams were ranked entering the game
Rankings from AP Poll. Source:[10][16]

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