Stanford's defense shines in loss to Notre Dame
The Stanford Cardinal may have lost to Notre Dame on a late go-ahead touchdown, but on a day the offense struggled, coach David Shaw's defense had a lot to do with the favorable position the team was in. The Cardinal had given up just 23 points coming into the game at Notre Dame Stadium, and the defense kept Stanford in it Saturday by stopping Heisman hopeful Everett Golson from completing 50 percent of his passes.
It just wasn't enough in a painful, 17-14, Stanford loss.
Stanford forced two first-half turnovers -- a red zone interception and a forced fumble -- made Golson look nervous late and helped keep an otherwise raucous Irish crowd at bay until its biggest miscue. A blown coverage allowed Notre Dame to score a go-ahead touchdown with a minute to play, and the Cardinal didn't have time to set itself up with a field goal attempt that would've tied it.
If the offense gets clicking, it appears the Cardinal are once again a force in the Pac-12. The defense will need to lead the charge until that happens.
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