Finishing up a season of a few highs and many lows, Stanford took the field against Notre Dame this past Saturday and suffered a 56-23 loss. Despite the significant deficit in the final score, the Cardinal played strong through much of the first half.
Led by a commanding defense and star kicker senior Joshua Karty, Stanford finished the first quarter with a 13-7 lead. The Cardinal defense recovered two forced fumbles as well as a pivotal interception in the early part of the second quarter, enabling a season-high 56-yard field goal by Karty.
Despite the solid effort on defense, Stanford was restricted to only two touchdowns and was outperformed on total yards 521-359. Notre Dame’s Audric Estime ran for 238 yards and four touchdowns, putting the game out of reach for the Cardinal. As Troy Taylor finishes up his first season as head coach, there is much to be proud of but more work to be done as the team heads into next season.