The Legends Trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual Notre Dame–Stanford football game, and currently resides with Notre Dame. The trophy was reconditioned in 2014 to allow for display of another 20+ future game score plates, and to honor the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of the two teams in the 1925 Rose Bowl.
Close up of new game score plate for Notre Dame vs. Stanford 1925 Rose Bowl
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 2014, Notre Dame leads the series 19–10. 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 12–3 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.
^Stanford's first win streak in the series
The largest margin of victory for Stanford in the series
^Second time both teams were ranked entering the game
^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.
^Third straight time (and fourth time ever) both teams were ranked entering the game
^Fourth straight time (and fifth time ever) both teams were ranked entering the game. Third straight game decided by one score or less.
^Fifth straight time (and sixth time ever) both teams were ranked entering the game.