Nov 30, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Tarean Folston (25) is tackled by Stanford Cardinal linebacker Kevin Anderson (48) and defensive end Henry Anderson (91) in the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Notre Dame @ Stanford - Positives

2013 Notre Dame Football

Here are the positives for the matchup between Notre Dame and Stanford. The Irish fell to the 8th ranked Cardinal, 27-20, on Saturday night

Notre Dame Matches Its Competition

This may also be a negative but Notre Dame always matches its competition under Brian Kelly. Only once has Notre Dame been completely outmatched by their opponent (National Title Game). Sometimes the Irish play down to their competition. But, going into a game, Notre Dame fans can be confident that they probably will not get blown out.

Brian Kelly Stayed Committed to the Run

Deep into the game, the Irish stayed committed to the run despite being down. Following Notre Dame’s score with 7:51 in the 3rd Quarter, Notre Dame had thrown the ball 21 times while running it 18 times. This allowed Notre Dame to be more creative and less predictable. It also allowed the Irish to keep Tommy Rees relatively clean. In the fourth quarter, the Irish got away from the run slightly. But, this was necessary and not because of a pass happy coach.

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