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Notre Dame

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Associated Press
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor has 555 rushing yards and five touchdowns for the 17th-ranked Cardinal.

College preview: Stanford at Notre Dame

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795/grass), South Bend


Radio: 1190 AM, 92.3 FM, 107.3 FM

Records: No. 7 Notre Dame 5-0; No. 17 Stanford 4-1

Line: Notre Dame by 7

Series: Notre Dame leads 17-9

On the Web: For a video preview, go to “Irish Insights” at and follow our coverage on Twitter at @JGIrishInsights

Notre Dame

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 28.8 (61st in NCAA)

Yards per game: 398.4 (71st)

Passing yards per game: 211 (83rd)

Rushing yards per game: 187.4 (40th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 7.8 (2nd)

Yards per game: 290 (13th)

Passing yards per game: 183.2 (22nd)

Rushing yards per game: 106.8 (17th)


Top 3 offensive players: RB Theo Riddick, 272 yards, 3 TDs; QB Everett Golson, 827 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs; TE Tyler Eifert, 189 yards, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: LB Manti Te’o, 48 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 FR; DE Stephon Tuitt, 16 tackles, 6 sacks; CB Bennett Jackson, 23 tackles, 3 INTs

Key to victory: Notre Dame has to match the physical play of Stanford. The Cardinal have recorded 10 sacks in their last three wins over the Irish.

Injuries: S Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles), CB Lo Wood (Achilles), S Austin Collinsworth (shoulder), DE Chase Hounshell (shoulder) out


Offensive statistics

Points per game: 31.6 (48th)

Yards per game: 387 (82nd)

Passing yards per game: 231.2 (62nd)

Rushing yards per game: 155.8 (70th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 21.8 (41st)

Yards per game: 379.6 (55th)

Passing yards per game: 302.4 (113th)

Rushing yards per game: 77.2 (6th)


Top 3 offensive players: RB Stepfan Taylor, 555 yards, 5 TDs; TE Levine Toilolo, 278 yards, 2 TDs; QB Josh Nunes, 1,145 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Thomas Chase, 34 tackles, 6 1/2 tackles of loss; DE Ben Gardner, 19 tackles, 6 tackles for loss; S Jordan Richards, 29 tackles, 2 INTs

Key to victory: Stanford needs to get after quarterback Everett Golson like it has against all the quarterbacks it has faced. The Cardinal average 2.8 sacks, No. 20 in the nation.

Injuries: FB Geoff Meinken (knee) out; WR Ty Montgomery (lower body) doubtful; RB Anthony Wilkerson (leg) questionable

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette