STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal shakes hands with players from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after their game at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Notre Dame Vs. Stanford 2011: Blood-Red Cardinal Prevail

Wearing special scary helmets, Stanford assured itself of a second BCS bowl trip in a row by downing the Irish.

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BCS Rankings Projections, Week 14: Who Can Stop An All-SEC Rematch?

The latest BCS rankings are out and LSU is No. 1, followed by Alabama.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford Final: Andrew Luck Toss Four Touchdowns In Cardinal Win

The Stanford Cardinal put down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half, going up 21-0 thanks to three touchdown passes by quarterback Andrew Luck. It too the Fighting Irish until mid way through the third quarter to crack the scoreboard, on an Andrew Hendrix touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Floyd. Hendrix came in in relief for an injured Tommy Rees.

To start the fourth quarter Luck hit on his fourth touchdown pass, this time to Coby Fleener, as the Cardinal went up 28-7 and put the game out of reach. The Fighting Irish made the score a bit more respectable with a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinal dominated the game from the get-go. Luck finished with 233 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes, but running back Stepfan Taylor gashed the Fighting Irish defense to the tune of 149 yards on just 20 carries.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule of Tree and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford Score: Irish Crack The Board With Andrew Hendrix TD Pass

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are giving it a go against the Stanford Cardinal in the second half of Saturday night's game, but it may be too little too late. The Irish have been able to score just one touchdown and are losing, 21-7, in the fourth quarter.

After the two teams each came up empty in their opening drives of the second half, the Irish broke on through to the other side with a touchdown drive led by Andrew Hendrix. Splitting time with Tommy Rees in the game, Hendrix started the drive at his own 23- yard line and progressed down the field by connecting on passing plays of 14 and 24 yards. Hendrix added his own 13-yard run to help get closer to the endzone. He closed out the drive with a six-yard pass to Michael Floyd.

Nearly a full quarter remains for the Irish to make a late comeback.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule of Tree and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford Halftime Score: Andrew Luck Brings Cardinal Lead To 21-0

The Stanford Cardinal won't be playing in the Pac-12 Championship Game since Oregon won earlier in the day, but a victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would go a long way to helping them win a BCS at-large bid. They are halfway there by taking a 21-0 halftime lead against the Irish.

Quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown three touchdown passes so far. He completed five passes for 38 yards on the first touchdown drive, finding Levine Toilolo for a three-yard score. Then with 4:45 left in the second quarter, Luck completed a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 28-yard strike to Coby Fleener. And just to make things just that much harder for the Irish in the second half, Luck found Ty Montgomery in the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown and the 21-0 lead.

Luck had that chance for a final touchdown because Tommy Rees with about 1:40 left on the clock. But Notre Dame only had the ball because Stepfan Taylor had fumbled the ball on an 11-yard gain, one play after he had gained 31 yards on the ground.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule of Tree and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford Score: Andrew Luck Puts Cardinal Up, 7-0

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has the Cardinal up, 7-0, over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after the first quarter of play. Luck led the team to a seven-play, 58-yard scoring drive by completing five passes for 38 yards, including the three-yard strike into the end zone. Luck is 7-of-10 for 50 yards.

Notre Dame did have a bit of a scare on the team's first possession. Quarterback Tommy Rees was knocked out of the game after taking a hard hit on a 1st-and-20 play. Andrew Hendrix came in for the drive and was unable to do anything. Rees did return to the game on the next Notre Dame drive, but head coach Brian Kelly did use Hendrix on the drive. But on the team's third drive, Rees was back in there and throwing completions to Tyler Eifert and Michael Floyd. However, that drive didn't do much and Stanford took the ball at its own 40-yard line after Rees had a five-yard punt.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule of Tree and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.

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Tommy Rees Injury: Notre Dame QB Leaves Game Against Stanford After Hard Hit

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees has left Saturday's game against the Stanford Cardinal just minutes after it started. He was hit hard by a Stanford defender and needed help to get up from the field and head to the sidelines. Rees had just attempted a pass to Tyler Eifert on 1st-and-20, but the pass fell incomplete.

Andrew Hendrix relieved Rees on the drive and went 0-for-1 and picked up three rushing yards before the team wound up punting on 4th-and-17. Hendrix, a sophomore,  is seen as the future at quarterback for the Irish, but he has seen little playing time this year, just as head coach Brian Kelly has wanted it to be.

The Stanford Cardinal took a 7-0 lead on the ensuing drive when Andrew Luck threw a three-yard touchdown pass.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Stanford blog Rule of Tree and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

The Stanford Cardinal host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday in prime time. Andrew Luck looks to keep his team's BCS bowl hopes alive with a win over Notre Dame.

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