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Overtime loss stings Stanford football

Original post made on Oct 13, 2012

Despite a frustrating loss to host Notre Dame on Saturday, the Stanford football teams remains among the top 25 in the country according to USA Today and The Associated Press. The Cardinal dropped to No 22 by AP and to No. 23 by USA Today following a 20-13 overtime loss to the Irish.

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Posted by rip off
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Taylor clearly scored a touchdown on the last play, but the officials were poorly positioned and didn't see it then weren't willing to overturn their ruling after review after the home crowd already started running on to the field.

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Posted by G. McGuan
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Replay certainly appeared to show a score, but there's no sound. Dies anyone believe Manti T'eo (in the foreground of the most decisive shot) is actually walking away from the pile unless the whistle had blown and the play was over? No one one seems to understand that, but all other views of that last play show the ND squad starting to celebrate before Taylor's final squirm over the goal line. The whistle had certainly ended the game before Taylor put that ball across.

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Posted by Ralph
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

There was no whistle......the play was alive.....the refs just blew it. Even the NFL rules guy that TV uses for controversial calls -- Mike Pereira -- said the refs made a mistake. His blog is on

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Posted by Bert
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

For the Cardinal coach or OC to call 4 straight running plays from the 3 yard line in OT -- ALL up the gut/middle, ALL with ND knowing and aligned for what's coming, and ALL with ND knowing who will be carrying the ball -- is pathetic. Why be surprised that on those final 4 downs the Cardinal accumulated at most 3 yards (even if the refs blew it on the last two runs)? Shaw keeps saying "that's who we are and that's what we'll continue to do." But I submit that in this instance the play calling turned his oft-stated commitment to the run into a fault, viz., being predictable, hence stoppable by one of the nation's best defenses against the run. It was a tough loss, especially since the Cardinal D played so hard and so well all game. I predicted (and predict) 7-5 or 6-6 for the year, and NOT because the team doesn't have solid talent.