Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13 (OT): No team better measured how far Notre Dame was from national prominence than Stanford, which more or less battered the Irish into submission for three straight meetings. This time, Notre Dame matched the physicality at the most opportune time -- with a tinge of controversy to go with it. The Irish rallied twice in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then ganged up for a raucous goal-line stand in the extra period. Stanford tailback Stepfan Taylor insisted he crossed the plane on the fourth-down run. Officials thought otherwise, ruling the whistle had blown. It was a game that jet-propelled the Irishs run.
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