ND at Stanford: Nailbiter at the Farm

Despite putting up 663 yd offense and holding Stanford to a negative rushing total, ND made several costly mistakes and was actually losing this game with 1:46 to go. Almost all of these miscues were on special teams (basically 14 points given away), but Quinn threw two interceptions and the DBs got beat on a few deep balls. Nevertheless, when ND needed a score, the offense stormed down the field and put up 8 points to reclaim the lead, and the defense stood tough after giving up an 80 yard scoring drive on the previous series.

The Good:

  • 1000 yd rusher: 35 rush for 186 yd, TD, 2-pt conversion, 5 rec for 55 yd.
  • 1000 yd receiver #1: 8 rec for 191 yd, 2 TD.
  • 1000 yd receiver #2: 7 rec for 136 yd, TD.
  • 3000 yd passer, second half edition: 16/19 for 257, TD.
  • Defense: -11 yd rushing allowed, 7 sacks.
  • The Bad:

  • Special teams: Missed extra point, 2 Missed FG, allowed kickoff return for TD.
  • Quinn, first half edition: 9/19 for 175 yd, 2 TD, but 2 INT.
  • The Ugly:

  • Did I mention special teams?
  • Now begins the whining by Oregon and others about how they (10-1 record) deserve to go to the BCS over ND (finish 9-2). The common argument for ND is that our fans travel well and the TV broadcast will get good ratings. While that is true, I would prefer that our team went to a big game because we deserve it, not because we’re popular. In terms of comparison to Oregon, I certainly feel that we’re worthy. ND had four games decided by 7 points or less (7 point wins at Michigan and Stanford, 3 point losses vs Mich. St. and USC) and demolished the others by an average of three touchdowns. Oregon was destroyed by USC (45-13), and squeeked by Arizona, Cal, Fresno St., and Washington St. They did take care of business against the rest of their cupcake schedule, but it’s not a convincing argument that they are a better team than ND. If Oregon wants to complain about a team that doesn’t belong in the BCS, talk to West Virginia.

    One other note about Saturday’s contest: Stanford began destruction of the Stadium immediately after the game, and not a moment too soon. The only thing that separates that place from Waldwick High School’s field is the number of people it can hold.

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