Nov 30, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish kicker Kyle Brindza (27) kicks a field goal with a hold by wide receiver Luke Massa (14) against the Stanford Cardinal during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football Recap: Notre Dame 6-Stanford 14 (1st Half)

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The Irish faced off against the Stanford Cardinal off for the 28th time in their history. The Fighting Irish had won 18 of the 27 previous games. However, the Irish needed to play a perfect game to beat the Cardinal in 2013.

Notre Dame struck first, scoring on a 12 play 65 yard drive. That score gave the Irish a 3-0 lead. Stanford scored on their next two drives to take a 14-3 lead. The first score was on a 16 yard Kevin Hogan pass to Devon Cajuste. The second score was on a 1 yard Tyler Gaffney touchdown run. Kyle Brindza added another field goal to make it 14-6.

Tommy Rees threw for 110 yards on 8 of 17 passing. Miss communication on the different routes caused Tommy Rees to have a low completion accuracy.

Notre Dame ran for 32 yards on 15 rushes for a 2.1 yard average. The Irish were dedicated to the rush despite not being able to run the ball well. The Irish will need to figure out how to run the ball better in the second half.

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