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Every Down Review - Second half and overtime

Let's just get this over with before the blood starts pouring from my eyelids.

Ah well, you can only beat some of your rivals four years in a row.

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Second half

ND @ ND 25…Golson checks down to the flat for -1...Blitzed hard, wide open receiver drops the ball, lucky…Golson flushed out of the pocket by 4 rushers (?), forced OB, gain of 3…Punt, returned by Terrell for 6. 3 plays 2 yards. 10-3 Stanford.

Stanford @ SU 42…Taylor IZ for 6, penalty Stanford, holding…Taylor draw for 13…Taylor draw for 1, Calabrese runs right through the tackles and hits him in the backfield…Nunes sacked for a loss of 3, locked onto Patterson who couldn’t get open, ignored a wide-open Ertz on an in route…Punt, touchback. 3 plays 11 yards. 10-3 Stanford.

ND @ ND 20…Golson option keeper for 2, if he’d pitched it would have gone for 6-7…Golson sacked by Skov out of the shotgun, loss of 7…Riddick OZ for 4, huge holes, well done by Thomas, who wasn’t close to the play, to recognize the run and make the tackle…Punt, downed. 3 plays -1 yard. 10-3 Stanford.

Stanford @ SU 45…Power for 4…Seale OZ for 2…Taylor drops a first down pass…Punt, OB. 3 plays 6 yards. 10-3 Stanford.

ND @ ND 12…Quick field side out-breaking route for 5 against the zone coverage…Wood IZ for 7… Incomplete to Eifert in double coverage…Golson pursued, comeback for 15, yeesh…Huge hole, Wood IZ for 13, good open field tackle by Reynolds to save a possible TD…Atkinson power for 8, LBs were watching the PA…Atkinson sweep for 8…Penalty ND, false start…Golson pressured and doesn’t see an open man in the zone coverage for an easy six, makes two guys miss, scrambles for 20, hit hard by Carter, fumbled, RECOVERED BY STANFORD, Golson might have stepped OB before fumbling but the video isn’t indisputable. 8 plays 51 yards. 10-3 Stanford.

Stanford @ SU 17…Quick out to Terrell, too low…Trap for 2, Te’o beats Danser’s block, announcer talks about Teo’s "intellectual curiosity" (sorry, had to put that there)…Nunes, hurried (6 rushers, 5 blockers), launches a potshot, ND blitzes for once, no chance…Punt, returned for 8. 3 plays 2 yards. 10-3 Stanford.

ND @ ND 48…Golson pressured, scrambles for 1…Wood IZ for 1, cut down by Anderson…Riddick wheel for 23, poor coverage by Tarpley (mismatch)…Riddick IZ for 6…Wood to the outside for 5…Penalty ND, false start…Wood toss for 1, tackled well by Richards…Penalty ND, false start…End of the second quarter…QB draw for 1…Superb catch on the slant-and-go by Eifert, zone defenders didn’t react quickly enough, TOUCHDOWN ND. 8 plays 52 yards. 10-10.

Need to stop giving up the big play. Twice we had them and gave up the big play. Golson’s really developing a rhythm. Need to hit Golson eventually. ND’s pace is speeding up a bit.

Stanford @ SU 25…Checkdown to Young, low pass, who turns it into 11…Wildcat to Wilkerson for 3 (PLEASE STOP THIS)…underthrown to an open Ertz on the vertical…Acrobatic out by Ertz for 12, not a great throw by Nunes…Taylor outside run for 1…PA out route to Toilolo for 13 OVERTURNED ON REVIEW, Toilolo still does not have an official catch tonight…Square-in to Terrell for 15...IZ for 2…Power for 9…Penalty Stanford, holding…Wilkerson draw for 5, lovely block by Hewitt…Taylor in route for 12, tough throw…Taylor IZ, fights for 6, Mama there goes that man…Power for 1, absolutely LEVELED by Tuitt…Dive for 7…IZ (?) for -7, Toilolo double-teams the end leaving Farley completely unblocked on the outside and he’s on Taylor immediately…27 yard FG. 16 plays 68 yards. 13-10 Stanford.

It looks like Coach Shaw’s going to ride or die with Taylor. Hope Taylor’s OK.

ND @ ND 16…Option pitch to Wood for 17, DBs need to fight off the blocks better and tackle him, Kelly desperately searching for the perimeter…Wood OZ for 5…Wood OZ stuffed for 1, lovely work by Gardner to get past the block and tackle him…Curl for 14, Carter was giving too much cushion…Riddick OZ sees no holes, cuts back spectacularly, penalty ND, holding…Golson scrambles for 4, penalty Stanford, personal foul (leads with helmet), Golson hurt, Rees in the game…Riddick OZ for no gain…penalty ND, false start…Square-in for 12 to Eifert, good coverage…Penalty Stanford, PI, on Brown…Wood OZ for 3…Wood IZ for 5…Wood power, stuffed for no gain, absolutely clutch by the D…22 yard FG. 12 plays 79 yards. 13-13.

Brutal penalties. Absolutely brutal. I don’t think the personal foul was avoidable contact but you have to expect that the zebras are going to err on the side of caution.

Stanford @ SU 25…Nunes takes a knee.

Overtime

ND @ SU 25…Murphy blindsides Rees for a loss of 7…Nice throw to the out route, gain of 9…Rees throws way too early off his back foot, spectacular catch by Riddick…Good quick slant, Stanford was playing with outside leverage, no chance, WHY WAS HE PLAYING TO THE OUTSIDE WHY WHY WHY AT LEAST FORCE REES TO THROW THE BACK-SHOULDER FADE, TOUCHDOWN ND. 20-13 ND.

Stanford @ ND 25…Nunes checks down to Taylor, horrendous decision, he's made the exact same checkdown to Taylor in other games as well, Taylor's immediately tackled, loss of 5…Nunes scrambles for 13…Isolation for 13…Dive for no gain…Dive for 2…Dive for no gain…Dive for no gain.

Final score: ND 20, Stanford 13.

Don't re-read that last part if you don't have to.

Offensive line got good push and generally controlled the ND defensive line, but they couldn’t control the second level of the defense.

Running game was conventional because Shaw was OK with grinding out 4 yards a carry. Very rarely did Stanford's players get stuffed.

ND took away the big play and long drives are difficult to sustain, especially in the rain. The two interceptions in the first quarter look even worse in retrospect.

The defense would have pitched a shutout if it weren’t for the big play. Looks like Shaw and co. have figured out a way to cope with the zone read (always stay outside), although outside runs remain terrifying.

Penalties always come at the most inconvenient times, don’t they?

Never blame a loss on the referees, if only because you always aim to play well enough that a botched call shouldn’t swing the game. Great teams play through ref-created adversity. I mean of all the things that cost Stanford the game the refs are pretty low on the list.

On to Berkeley, the only flagship state university that isn't always called by the name of the state (nobody EVER says Eugene for Oregon, or Amherst for UMass, or Ann Arbor for Michigan, right?).

I want Stanford to beat them by 40. No, how about 50. I want the brand new stadium to get its true christening - the only true christening that any place associated with Berkeley can have - with a Stanford victory. I want to keep the Axe until the end of time. I want the LSJUMB, which is banned from all away games this year, to hide on the student buses to the Big Game, and when the Cardinal are up by 60 late in the third quarter, to put on their uniforms, rush the field, dance on the "Cal" logo, and play louder than is humanly possible. I want the Tree to beat up Oski at half-time. More importantly, I want to laugh at my Berkeley-graduate cousins at Thanksgiving dinner.

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