Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry
|Notre Dame–Stanford football rivalry|
|Teams||Notre Dame Fighting Irish
|Originated||1925 (Modern Series 1988)|
|Series||Notre Dame leads, 18–10|
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). 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.
The winner of the game gains the Legends Trophy, an Irish crystal glass on a California redwood base. The trophy was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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. Notre Dame's 27–10 victory earned their first-ever national championship and the first of four national titles to come via bowl victories.
After the two teams' first meeting at the 1925 Rose Bowl, they did not play each other again until 1942. 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).
As of 2013, Notre Dame leads the series 18–10. The Fighting Irish hold the longest win-streak in the series, with 7 wins from 2002–2008. 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 Notre Dame is 11–3 at home while Stanford is 7–6 at home. Notre Dame won the only game played at a neutral site at the 1925 Rose Bowl.
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|
|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|
|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
|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 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford
|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
|October 5, 1991||#8 Notre Dame||42||Stanford||26||Stanford Stadium||ND 6–2||#8 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford|
|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
|October 2, 1993||#4 Notre Dame||48||Stanford||20||Stanford Stadium||ND 7–3||#4 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford|
|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
#8 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford
|October 4, 1997||# 19 Stanford||33||Notre Dame||15||Stanford Stadium||ND 8–4||#19 Stanford defeated unranked Notre Dame|
|October 3, 1998||#23 Notre Dame||35||Stanford||17||Notre Dame Stadium||ND 9–4||#23 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford|
|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|
|November 24, 2001||#13 Stanford||17||Notre Dame||13||Stanford Stadium||ND 10–6||#13 Stanford defeated unranked Notre Dame|
|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
#9 Notre Dame defeated unranked Stanford
|November 29, 2003||Notre Dame||57||Stanford||7||Stanford Stadium||ND 12–6||The first victory for an away team since 1993
The largest margin of victory in any single game of the series
|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|
|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
Notre Dame fires Coach Charlie Weis two days later
|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
#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. |
|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:|
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