COL FB: Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13 (OT)

Oct. 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Stepfan Taylor was stopped twice at the goal line in overtime Saturday, preserving seventh-ranked Notre Dame's 20-13 victory over No. 17 Stanford.

The Fighting Irish (6-0) got the ball first in overtime and Tommy Rees connected with T.J. Jones on a 7-yard scoring pass, breaking a 13-13 deadlock.

On Stanford's ensuing possession, Josh Nunez guided the Cardinal (4-2) to the Notre Dame 2-yard line, but two tries by Taylor on third and fourth down to punch the ball into the end zone failed.

His fourth-down try was reviewed by officials but they ruled he had not crossed the plane of the goal, keeping the Irish undefeated and giving them an inside track to a bowl game berth.

Rees (4-for-4 passing, 43 yards) relieved an injured Everett Golson on the final drive in regulation and Kyle Brindza forced overtime with a 22-yard field goal with 20 seconds left.

Nunez completed 12-of-25 passes for 125 yards but was picked off twice in the loss.

Taylor ended with 102 rushing yards on 28 carries.

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