"Conrad Ukropina likely woke up as public enemy No. 1 in South Bend on Sunday morning — luckily, he's about 2,200 miles away. The moment Ukropina's 45-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, Cardinal students and fans flooded the field, players of the Fighting Irish dropped to their knees, and Notre Dame's playoff hopes were sent reeling.
Until that kick, Notre Dame put the ball, and its ambitions, in the hands of quarterback DeShone Kizer. He had authored an impressive performance. Notre Dame gained 533 yards in the game due to his efforts, and scored three touchdowns in the process. Three long touchdowns.
Notre Dame's defense did something several other programs have not been able to during the game — contain Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. He rushed for just 94 yards in the game, and didn't manage any of his weekly highlight reel long kick or punt returns, either."