Stanford Vs. Notre Dame: Andrew Luck Sets Records En Route To 28-14 Cardinal Victory

The Cardinal and Fighting Irish both hope to improve their BCS bowl game prospects with a win in Saturday's regular season finale.

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Andrew Luck Heisman Watch: Breaking Down Stanford Vs. Notre Dame

The Andrew Luck Heisman Trophy campaign kept on rolling Saturday as the Stanford Cardinal quarterback led his No. 6 ranked team to their 11th win of the season over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and potentially earned one final rise in the BCS rankings.

Although Luck didn't have overly flashy numbers, and certainly did not deliver his most impressive game of the season, he set no fewer than three historical marks. He became only the third quarterback in history to defeat the Fighting Irish in three consecutive seasons. His second touchdown pass of the game broke John Elway's mark of 77 to become the new Cardinal record holder for career touchdown passes. That same pass would break Luck's own record of single-season touchdown passes. He would extend both records by tossing two more TD passes in the game en route to a 28-14 Stanford victory.

Overall, Luck finished the game going 20-for-30 with 233 passing yards and 20 rushing yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Again, the numbers aren't particularly flashy, especially considering that Luck and the Cardinal only scored once in the entire second half of the game. Perhaps Heisman voters will put a lot of stock into Luck's records and cumulative numbers. If nothing else, it ended up being another impressive week in a terrific collegiate career.

Feel free to discuss Heisman candidates and all things Stanford over at Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Vs. Notre Dame Final Score: Andrew Luck And Stanford Hold On For 28-14 Victory

At the end of Saturday's game in Palo Alto between the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, quarterback Andrew Luck had secured his place in the record books and had led his team to another 11-win season.

Luck finished the game 20-for-30 with 233 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, four touchdowns and an interception. It was far from the most impressive game he has had in this 2011 season, but he did end up with several impressive numbers. In addition to becoming just the third quarterback in history to defeat the Irish in three consecutive seasons, his four touchdowns gave him two all-time Stanford passing records. His passes to Levine Toilolo and Ty Montgomery and his two passes to Coby Fleener gave Luck a grand total of 80 TD passes in his collegiate tenure, breaking the old Stanford record of 77, set by John Elway. He also broke his own record of single-season touchdown passes by finishing the game with a 2011 total of 35.

Running back Stepfan Taylor also earned a place in the record books by becoming just the third Stanford running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He accomplished this task by picking up 118 yards on 20 carries.

Notre Dame attempted to make the game into a dogfight in the second half, with backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix responsible for both Irish scores, first with a third quarter touchdown pass to Michael Floyd, followed by a short run with less than 0:30 left to play in the game. The Stanford defense was just too much for Notre Dame to overcome, however, as they held the visitors to a scant 57 rushing yards.

To discuss the game with your fellow Cardinal fans, please visit Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Vs. Notre Dame Score Update: Andrew Luck And Cardinal Hold 21-7 Lead Entering Fourth Quarter

After three quarters of play, the Stanford Cardinal are leading the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 21-7.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck had a record-setting first half, but has slowed down since returning from halftime. This is in stark contrast  to his usual modus operandi, which is to come out with guns blazing in the second half. Although Stanford has yet to find the end zone since halftime, they still hold a comfortable lead. The Cardinal defense is still doing an admirable job of containing the Notre Dame offense.

Quarterback Andrew Hendrix has come into the game to replace Notre Dame's Tommy Rees. So far, the replacement has helped the Fighting Irish to their only score of the game, completing a six yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd.

As the fourth quarter starts, it will be interesting to see if the Irish continue to heat up.

To discuss this game with your fellow Stanford fans, please visit Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Vs. Notre Dame Score Update: Andrew Luck Breaks John Elway Career TD Record En Route To Giving Cardinal 21-0 Halftime Lead

Although Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck is attempting to be only the third QB in history to defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in three consecutive seasons, he has already etched his name in the record books.

After David Ruffer missed a 20 yard field goal for Notre Dame, Andrew Luck led the Cardinal on another long scoring drive in the second quarter, culminating in a 28 yard touchdown pass to Coby Fleener that put Stanford ahead by a score of 14-0. The touchdown pass, Luck's second of the game, was the 78th TD pass of his college career, which breaks the previous Stanford record of 77, set by John Elway. The touchdown was also Luck's 33rd of the season, which breaks his own single-season record.

With just 0:10 left in the first half, Luck pushed his records even further forward with an 11 yard pass to Ty Montgomery, which sends Stanford into the half leading 21-0.

The Stanford defense has done a great job of shutting down Notre Dame's offense, holding them to just 75 total yards in the first half and an average of 2.7 yards per play. They have forced turnovers on a fumble and an interception.

To keep up to date on all news and information about the Stanford Cardinal, please visit Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Vs. Notre Dame Score Update: Cardinal Take Early 7-0 Lead

Early on in the game pitting the Stanford Cardinal against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, everything appears to be going Stanford's way. The Cardinal have jumped out to a 7-0 lead in their final regular-season game of 2011.

Andrew Luck connected with big Levine Toilolo in the end zone for the first score of the game midway through the first quarter. Toilolo was able to stretch up and catch the pass over the head of the defensive back, and was then able to quickly get his second foot down before his shoulders landed out of bounds.

Later in the first quarter, the Cardinal defense came up big, with Chase Thomas sacking Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, who then fumbled the ball to Stanford's Matthew Masifilo. Notre Dame has looked a bit disorganized in the early going.

Through the first quarter, Luck is 7-for-10 on passing attempts with 50 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Gaffney is the leading receiver and the leading passer, with 17 and 24 yards, respectively, on two catches and three carries.

To keep up to date on all Stanford happenings, please visit Rule of Tree.

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Stanford vs. Notre Dame Injury Report: Chris Owusu Out Again, Zach Ertz Questionable

The Stanford Cardinal are hungry for a BCS bowl bid and a win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would be huge as they prepare to learn their postseason fate. The team still lacks a signature victory on their resumé and they could achieve that this weekend.

The Cardinal will be without a few of their talented playmakers for yet another week, according to Ted Miller's final injury report. Wide receiver Chris Owusu continues to miss practice and games as he deals with multiple concussions, while tight end Zach Ertz is questionable for the showdown with a lingering knee injury. Place-kicker Jordan Williamson is questionable as well.

Andrew Luck has done a great job finding different receivers and tight ends all season and distributes the ball around evenly to keep the defense off balance, but do not be surprised to see Stepfan Taylor see an increased workload this evening.

For more on the game, head on over to Rule Of Tree.

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Notre Dame Vs. Stanford Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Stanford Cardinal and Notre Dame Fighting Irish have both experienced successful years and both programs are looking to wrap up their regular season with a win over a ranked foe. With the Cardinal still hoping for a chance at a BCS bowl bid, expect Andrew Luck to be at the top of his game on Saturday as he plays what may very well be his second-to-last game in college.

Start Time: Kickoff is set from Palo Alto at 5 p.m. 

TV Coverage: Most of the country will find the game broadcast on ABC. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will be in the booth, with Erin Andrews on the sidelines. A few of you will find the game on ESPN.

Radio: 1050 KNBR-AM will air the game locally in the Bay Area.

Weather Report: It'll be a cool night for football at Stanford. Temperatures will be in the 40's with a slight chance of rain expected throughout the day.

Odds: Stanford is a touchdown favorite with an over/under of 58 1/2. Stanford is 9-2 against the spread this season, including a 4-2 record at home. Notre Dame is 5-6 against the spread, including 2-3 on the road.

Team Sites: Rule Of TreeOne Foot Down

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Stanford Vs. Notre Dame: Andrew Luck Potentially Playing His Final College Home Game

It could be an emotional day for Andrew Luck when he takes the field in Palo Alto at Stanford Stadium this Saturday night. he might very well be playing his final game in college, his final game at home. Luck is likely prepared to declare for the NFL Draft, and he's probably not returning to try and lead the Cardinal back for one last glorious run.

Luck has had one of the greatest quarterback runs in Stanford history, and that includes such luminaries like Jim Plunkett and John Elway. Luck would probably have caught up with most of these quarterbacks if he stayed for another season. It'll be a little bittersweet, as Luck is not looking like he'll capture a conference championship during his time with the Cardinal.

Luck will try to have his third straight good game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who he has dominated them in his three matchups with one efficient passing performance after another. It'd be typical of Luck to cap off his career with another signature victory against one of the most prestigious programs in college football.

To discuss the game with Stanford football fans, head to Rule of Tree. To discuss the game with Notre Dame football, go to One Foot Down.

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Stanford vs. Notre Dame Odds: Cardinal Favored In Non-Conference Showdown

It is uncommon for most teams to play a non-conference game in the month of November. It's even more uncommon for a non-conference game in November to feature huge BCS implications. Although, against all odds, that's exactly what will transpire on Saturday evening.

With the bright lights on from Palo Alto, the Stanford Cardinal will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their final regular season game of the year. According to Odds Shark, Andrew Luck and the Cardinal opened the week as 6 and 1/2 point favorites, while various gambling websites have the point spread at an even seven points for the showdown.

Stanford still has hopes for a BCS bowl bid and a win over the nationally ranked Irish would be a big boost to their resumé. They also have an outside shot at the Pac-12 Championship game should Oregon to lose to Oregon State. For Notre Dame, while they are experiencing one of their better years of the last decade or so, they only have one big time win thus far, which came against Michigan State. A road win over Stanford would be huge for Brian Kelly's program and could land the Irish in a January bowl game.

For more on the game, head on over to Rule of Tree.

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Stanford Vs. Notre Dame: Cardinal And Fighting Irish Play With BCS Bowl Game Implications

The Cardinal and Fighting Irish both hope to improve their BCS bowl game prospects with a win in Saturday's regular season finale.

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