It was a tight game, and despite some miscues on offense and defense here and there, the Irish went into the 4th quarter with a 20-17 lead over the Cardinal.
That all changed in the blink of an eye.
After giving up a touchdown drive to Stanford to go down 24-20, Brandon Wimbush threw a horrible interception deep in Stanford territory. The Cardinal turned that into another touchdown - this time it was a wounded duck from K.J. Costello to Dalton Shultz.
It got incredibly worse on the ensuing kickoff when CJ Sanders fumbled the ball and Stanford recovered. They took that turnover and converted it into another touchdown - this time a 3 yard run from Cameron Scarlett to go up 38-20.
There was little hope after that, and another Brandon Wimbush interception at the goaline it was over.
Notre Dame outgained Stanford, but there is no way to overcome three 4th quarter turnovers. Josh Adams was held in check for the 4th week in a row and only had 49 yards on 20 carries.
Notre Dame is most likely heading to a mid-tier bowl game instead of a New Years's Six game and their record falls to 9-3 for the regular season. A huge improvement over the 2016 campaign that saw a 4-8 finish, but given the way the Irish collapsed in the second half of the season, it remains almost as disappointing.
The streak continues for the Irish as they have been unable to get a win in Palo Alto since 2007. David Shaw OWNS Brian Kelly, and all is most definitely not right in the world.
Notre Dame failed.