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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:00 am

Stanford 38 Notre Dame 20

Irish fall thanks to errors in 4th

Stanford seizes lead, game in span of 3:36

JOSH DUBOW | Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. – K.J. Costello threw two of his career-high four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, and No. 20 Stanford rallied for a 38-20 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night.

The night couldn't have gone much better for the Cardinal (9-3, No. 21 CFP), which got the help it needed when Washington beat Washington State 41-14 in the Apple Cup to send Stanford to the Pac-12 title game.

Bryce Love ran for 125 yards, but Costello was the star of the offense for a change by throwing for 176 yards and delivering the four scores. Stanford has won seven of nine in the series, including the last five at home against the Irish (9-3, No. 8).

Notre Dame had a meltdown in the fourth quarter with two turnovers in the opening minutes and was dealt a serious blow in its hopes for making a New Year's Six bowl game.

The game took a dramatic turn in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as Stanford turned a 20-17 deficit into a 38-20 lead in a span of 3:36 early in the fourth.

It started when Costello found Kaden Smith down the middle for a 19-yard score on third down that gave Stanford the lead for good. Brandon Wimbush then threw an interception to Curtis Robinson on the first play of the ensuing drive.

The Cardinal needed just three plays to turn that into another TD when Costello found Dalton Schultz in the corner of the end zone for a 12-yard score.

C.J. Sanders then fumbled the kickoff for Notre Dame and Cameron Scarlett put the game away with 3-yard run.