It was an ominous start for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they took on the Stanford Cardinal for the Legends Trophy to end the regular season. As frustrating as the start of the game was, Notre Dame flexed hard and are going back to South Bend with some hardware after a SCORE win over Stanford.
Sam Hartman had the ball stripped at the end of a 25 yard run on the first drive of the game, and Stanford capitalized with one big play before stalling, and then settling for a field goal. The Irish answered with a quick 4 play drive that ended with a 39 yard Audric Estime touchdown run.
Thanks to more turnover behavior, the Irish put Stanford in great position to score, and the Cardinal put together 10 straight points to go up 13-7. Notre Dame answered, however, with a 7 play 75 yard drive that ended with a 15 yard Sam Hartman touchdown pass to Jaden Greathouse to retake the lead at 14-13.
Sam Hartman threw an interception on Notre Dame’s next offensive possession. Despite stopping the Cardinal from gaining a first down, Notre Dame watched Stanford’s kicker boot a 56 yard field goal to go back up, 16-14.
And then Notre Dame went out there and beat the crap out of Stanford. The Irish rattled off 42 straight points. They did most of the damage on the ground with Audric Estime who ended the night about a quarter early with 25 carries for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jordan Faison was part of that scoring assault by Notre Dame with a 45 yard TD reception. Even the Irish special teams got a taste of the endzone with Javontae Jean-Baptiste scoring on a beautiful 60 yard TD run after a Jason Onye blocked FG.
Notre Dame brought in Steve Angeli at quarterback, but the sophomore threw an interception on the first play, and Stanford worked down the field against the Irish backups to make it 56-23.
It was an absolutely monster night from Audric Estime — which was probably the last time we see him in an Irish uniform. The Irish end the regular season with a 9-3 record, and now we wait for the bowl destination.
More to come on OFD.