The Stanford Cardinal have owned the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in recent years, and were one of the few regular season teams that came close to knocking them off their national championship perch last season. In their final game of the regular season, Stanford won a close battle in Palo Alto to set the Cardinal up for their championship matchup with Arizona State.
Stanford was pretty dominant for most of the game. The Cardinal controlled the line of scrimmage and made sure to keep the Irish offense from doing too much. Stanford generally dominated with the run game to stay one step ahead of Notre Dame, as the defense did end up giving a few too many touchdowns to keep the game close. Stanford prevailed, but it was far from a decisive victory.
The Legends Trophy will be in Palo Alto this year, thanks to Stanford's 27-20 win over rival Notre Dame, and more hardware could come next week if the Cardinal can beat Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Although the first half's scoring began and ended with two Kyle Brindza field goals, it was mostly all Cardinal otherwise -- sandwiched between those kicks were a Kevin Hogan pass to Devon Cajuste and a Tyler Gaffney touchdown run, which combined to give Stanford a 14-6 lead at halftime...
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