It wasn't particularly pretty, but it doesn't matter: Stanford is 4-0 for the first time since 1986, polished off the first supposed challenge of their schedule, and will take a blemish-free record to Autzen Stadium next week.
Andrew Luck was very good, not excellent, throwing for 238 yards and two touchdowns, but tossing a pick and completing just 19 of 32 throws. Stanford's defense did a number on Notre Dame's offense, keeping the Irish off the field by limiting them to four of 14 third-down conversions.
Owen Marecic, Stanford's two-way star, had the standout stat, rushing for a touchdown on one fourth-quarter play, then intercepting a pass for a touchdown on Notre Dame's next offensive snap.
But all this matters a lot less now. Stanford has Oregon to prepare for, and the Ducks loom larger than Notre Dame has in years.