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Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Nov 30, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT


Welcome to the finale of the regular season. As usual, we’re here with our buddies from Irish Illustrated, and we’re live chatting throughout the Notre Dame vs. Stanford game.

It’s a beautiful day in Stanford Stadium, with a good turn out by Irish fans who headed to Northern California for Thanksgiving weekend.

As usual, standard blog rules apply. Have fun, keep it clean, keep it sane, and let’s see what happens.

It’s Senior Day here at The Farm, so the Cardinal will be dealing with the added emotions of a final home game.

Buckle up, let’s have some fun.

  1. 25kgold - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Congratulations to Duke! I love it when the smart guys win!

  2. irishdrg1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    What about when Tuitt got thrown out the officals suck and their expert

  3. mikes1160 - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Why would Tommy be under center on second down?

  4. 25kgold - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    All I want for Christmas is Golson. -_- Among other things…. ;0)

  5. 1notredamefan - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    How Do we react to this?

  6. ndirish32 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    The team gave a valiant effort against an opponent that in all reality is much more talented… all except #11. He did his best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If I never have to watch him stare down a spot, then throw the ball into the waiting arms of a defender it will be too soon.

  7. 25kgold - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Exit stage right Rees–Enter stage left Golson!

  8. bigmix86 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Tommy is the only reason ND made it this far yet Tommy is the reason that ND only made it this far.

    • kapnd73 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      bigmix86 – Love your post – Our first sports koan!

  9. rdeal23 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Perfect ending for tommy. You get the good and the bad. Always both and the bad comes at the worst possible times.

  10. 1notredamefan - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I was there last year dealing with life,(work) at the time.. It was a different game.. I love you Tommy!~ Golson you are about to become the most beloved QB in ND History!!

  11. onward2victory - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    5 wide. FML.

  12. rdeal23 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    All the tommy supporters need to suck it up and take a reality check. He is who we thought he was……

    • 1notredamefan - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      He is who we thought he was? WOW!! EaSY COP OUT FOR ALL THE HATERZ!!!! He only saved 3 seasons and turned us back into reality!

  13. bernhtp - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Tommy’s last play of his regular season career went the same way as his first over three years ago. Not bashing him; just an observation.

  14. savejimmyjohnsonsassforme - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Another loss….another game we coulda won…4 more quarters to go in the give-a-game-away era!!

    By the way, Max Redfield has got to be some kinda bad, or some kinda stupid to not crack tonight’s safety rotation…..unbelievable!!

  15. bernhtp - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Really missed Nix. No way Stanford runs for 260 yards, mostly up the middle, with Big Lou filling it up.

  16. savejimmyjohnsonsassforme - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I keep hearing about how difficult it is to play safety in Bob Diaco’s defense, yet it seems pretty simple to me: keep a safe distance from the line of scrimmage prior to the snap, then find an open patch of grass unoccupied by a potential receiver, when a pass is completed or a runner breaks free, either whiff on a tackle or chase the opponent into the end zone…..doesn’t seem too tough, right?

  17. runners00 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    It was a good team effort. Stanford has a little more consistency right now and that is why they emerged victorious. Defensively our guys up front played well and fought hard. On offense we did some things well. Rees made some good passes and Folston had some good runs. But the secondary – particularly safeties – were noticeably weaker than usual and weaker than our opposition. Combined with the QB play, this was our downfall.

    Saw the Auburn Alabama game. We have a long way to go.

  18. viktory2013 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Stanford was better, but we could have pulled it out until Rees meltdown. The defense sucked it up and gave them a shot, but then finished his career with 2 miserable picks. Why am I not surprised? Even on his last completion to Jones, he had two receivers wide open right behind him, but by then Rees was falling apart. His last few plays were completely lost. Rees finished his career the way it began, just sorry it endured 4 years.

  19. ndgoldandblue - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    A few observations:
    1) That was a good game. No shame in losing a relatively close one to a solid Stanford team. I’m reminded of my favorite line from Rounders: “I put it all on the line. That’s true. And you know what? It wasn’t a bad beat. I wasn’t unlucky. I got outplayed.” If the Irish lose because they’re stupid and give the game away, I’m incredibly upset. But if they lose because they got outplayed, I sleep pretty soundly. I won’t be losing a second of sleep tonight.

    2) Injuries are devastating. That topic has been discussed ad nauseam, so I won’t spend a lot of time rehashing it, but yeah…tough to deal with injuries.

    3) Speaking of injuries, our secondary is completely healthy, and that’s some scary s%!*. If we could use the injury excuse for the secondary, then there would be a ray of hope for next season. Nice pick by Bennett Jackson, but the tackling…I mean, it’s kind of tragically funny to watch Mathias Farley tackle. Did anyone else laugh on Stanford’s last possession when Gaffney took Farley for a ten-yard ride after contact?

    4) The Michigan loss isn’t as bad as many of us thought it was. Contrastingly, the Michigan St. win, while aided by some iffy PI calls, isn’t as ugly as some of us thought it was.

    5) As a quarterback in high school, I didn’t get a chance to start until I was a senior. My coach told me that any football team is only as good as their quarterback. I just think he told me that to motivate me; he didn’t really believe that. All that aside, perhaps that’s the case for the Irish this season. They’re 8-4; not bad. That’s a 67% winning percentage. Above average, I’d say. Just like Tommy.

    6) I’m looking forward to the bowl, not because I expect to see anything different or special, but I just love watching Notre Dame play. Won’t get another chance until that oft-disappointing glorified scrimmage known as the Blue-Gold game.

    7) Biggest concerns going into next season: rushing defense and rushing offense. On offense, we’ve got (what appears to be) an embarrassment of riches at running back. And our offensive line appears to be legit. There’s a reason why Tommy has hardly been sacked, and it’s not because he’s fleet of foot. With that kind of talent, Coach Kelly should feel compelled to devote more time and attention to running the football. We run it, but not nearly as good as we could.

    I don’t even know where to start with the rushing defense. For a while tonight, Coach Shaw could have held up a sign that said “We’re running it”, and the Irish still wouldn’t have been able to stop them. They had the same problem with Navy. Improvements need to be made.

    8) Those Bud Light commercials are bogus. Prior to tonight, all of Notre Dame’s losses occurred when I participated in the live blog (and I hadn’t been on the live blog for any of the other games). So I figured that, if I stayed off the live blog, the Irish would win. Well, I stayed off, but they still lost. So much for superstition.

    9) Apparently it’s easy to be an average team, join the SEC, and find immediate success. Texas A&M last year, and Missouri this year have made the transition look easy. Now I know why SEC teams schedule cream puffs for their non-conference schedule. If the only challenging games on your schedule are within your own conference, you’re going to look good.

    • mayesdays - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Nice post. I got frustrated with the game tonight, but in the end it was because we were in it and it was close. You are right about the QB position. Auburn reminds me of ND last year.. ND has a lot to look forward to and a lot of talent on all sides of the ball. It’s all tun and looking forward to the bowl game. GO IRISH!

    • charlie617 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Right on with this.

    • ndgoldandblue - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      By the way, where is our favorite contributor, harveyupdyke? I’ll bet he’s plotting another poisoning mission over at Toomer’s Corner. How’s it taste, Harvey? Stay off of Notre Dame blogs from now on.

  20. richisirish - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    It’s amazing how entertaining a game like tonight can be when the Irish are playing for nothing more than pride. I would’ve been pulling my hair out if a BCS berth was on the line. Anyone else feel as confident as I that TR would throw at least one pick in the last 5 minutes?

    • viktory2013 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Yup, you could see it in his face. Rees expected it too, he had no confidence and after a few hits, wanted out. I know he had a few good plays, but you just knew disaster was just around the corner.

      Guys, hate to say it but I’m not sorry to see this boy graduate.

    • bigmix86 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      It was Guaranteed.

  21. regionirish - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Farley is so painful to watch. He avoids contact and consistently gets beat in coverage. If I was a recruit I would never want to play for BD because he will always play the more experienced player no matter what. This year was proof of that. It is clear changes need to made on D and I would be happy to see BD get a head coaching job. But I don’t think there is an AD out there dumb enough to hire him.

  22. cpfirish - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    So glad to see turnover tommy play his last regular season game at ND!! Jesus!

    Golson will light it up next year!!

  23. 1notredamefan - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I really feel like a melt down of epic proportion on these Reese… LOL Haterz… but they’ll probably know my mistake before realizing what IT is and how we should appreciate the Fight!!! of a kid who cared and was smarter than them..

  24. regionirish - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Everyone who wants to rip Tommy is a joke. He is the best 3rd string QB in the country. He did the absolute best he could. Is he frustrating? Yes. There are many others on the team who did not live up to the hype this year.

    1) Coaches- Pitt game.

    2) Farley- never seen a player get significantly worse year over year.

    3) Grace- people said he could be a more athletic faster manti…they might have been high when they said that

    4) Jackson- played ok, but his leadership was pathetic for a ND captan

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