Last season, Notre Dame and Stanford played to a somewhat controversial outcome – to Cardinal fans especially. The Fighting Irish came out victorious, 20-13, in overtime after a Stepfan Taylor touchdown came up – or didn’t come up – short.
A replay was deemed inconclusive and Stanford suffered their second loss of the season.
Rather than sulk about it, Cardinal head coach David Shaw says his team has moved on and learned from the loss, according to an Associated Press report, via CSN Bay Area.
“We don’t go back in our rooms and cry, which for some reason is what people want us to do, because that’s what some people do,” Shaw said. “When you have a stake in it, and you’re in it, you take the lessons learned and you go forward.”
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly offered a bit of insight into the rivalry, describing the intention – by his estimation – of each university.
“Both teams want to be the smartest, toughest football teams in the country. Stanford right now is ranked eighth in the country. We are ranked 25th,” he said. “We get a chance to decide it on the football field and so last year we were able to get Stanford. Now we’ve got a chance to settle it again on Saturday.”
Stanford will get a shot — they have won 3 of the last 4 — to avenge last season’s loss tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.