Stanford overwhelmed in season finale 45-14

Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw takes in the first half action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sat Nov 27, 2021 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (AP News photo)

Stanford Overwhelmed In Season Finale 45-14

By Barbara Mason

The Stanford Cardinal (3-9) were completely overwhelmed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1). The Fighting Irish scored in every quarter to easily dismiss Stanford 45-14.

Saturday the Cardinal finished up their 2021 season against the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame comes into this game with a 10-1 record while Stanford has a 3-8 record having struggled for most of this season. While the Fighting Irish do not have home field advantage they do have a 20.5 point advantage in the spread.

Stanford is coming off a pretty good thumping at the hands of the California Bears losing 41-11. Notre Dame is sailing through this season after most recentlyr beating Georgia Tech in a blowout 55-0.

The first two quarters featured the Fighting Irish at their finest. In the first quarter Notre Dame took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Jack Coan found Braden Lenzy for 16 yards and the first touchdown of the game.

Notre Dame was saving their best for last scoring two more touchdowns and tacking on a field goal in the second quarter to lead at the half 24-0. Notre Dame was in full control of this game. Quarterback Jack Coan had a great half.

Coan had thrown 18-23 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand Stanford was rendered helpless with Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee 6-9 for a horrendous nine yards. They were outplayed at every turn. The closest that Stanford got in this game was an attempted field goal that had the distance but just missed. It was all Notre Dame in the first half.

Stanford got a real boost to start the third quarter. McKee marched his team downfield culminating in an Austin Jones five yard run to get up on the board 24-7. While this was a great start in the second half for Stanford, their defense was unable to contain Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish answered the Cardinal score with one of their own. Four plays for 75 yards and quarterback Jack Coan rushed for a one yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead.

The Fighting Irish had scored in every quarter in this game. They extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Tyler Buchner had a 33 yard romp for Notre Dame”s fifth touchdown of the game. Trailing by the score of 38-7 the Cardinal hopes of a major upset were dashed.

The Cardinal did score a second rushing touchdown but it was just too little too late. It was the longest play of the game for Stanford. A McKee pass to Benjamin Yurosek for 49 yards and the touchdown. The Cardinal trailed 38-14.

Notre Dame would score one more time before the clock ran out for the 45-14 final score. This has been a nightmare season for the Cardinal. It is the worst year they have had in 15 years and it was a miserable ending to a disappointing season.

It was very hard on the players as well as the coaching staff headed by David Shaw.. This is Shaw’s 11th year as Director of Football, and he is the winningest coach in Stanford history. This had to be a real punch in the gut season for Shaw. So the season is over and the program looks ahead to 2022 and a new start.

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