Oct. 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor (33) attempts to stretch across the goal line in overtime against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford players not thinking about last year’s loss to Notre Dame

Last year’s game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended in heartbreaking (and controversial) fashion for the Stanford Cardinal. The Notre Dame defense stopped the Cardinal multiple times on the goal line in overtime, securing a 20-13 win.

With their yearly contest against the Fighting Irish set for Saturday, are Stanford players focused on revenge? Are they using last year’s painful defeat as motivation?

According to linebacker Trent Murphy and quarterback Kevin Hogan, no.

Here’s Murphy:

That was a long time ago. I think last year’s game doesn’t really have any carryover into this season. It’s a new team and a new year … [but] there is always something to learn from (ESPN).

His sentiment was echoed by Hogan:

We can’t treat this like a revenge game. It’s over. We have a new team, they have a completely new team.

Saturday’s game between the Cardinal and Fighting Irish will begin at 7:00 p.m. PT and can be seen on Fox. Remember, it’s not about revenge!

[Source: ESPN]

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