STANFORD – Stanford ended a winless season at Stanford Stadium with one final blowout loss.
The Cardinal allowed touchdowns on seven of No. 17 Notre Dame’s first nine offensive possessions in a 56-23 loss Saturday night.
Stanford finished 3-9 under first-year coach Troy Taylor, matching its record in each of David Shaw’s final two seasons.
That includes an 0-7 mark at Stanford Stadium, making the Cardinal the only FBS team without a home win.
It was also the team’s fifth loss by at least 33 points. The Cardinal lost 56-10 to USC, 62-17 to Oregon State, 42-6 to Oregon and 42-7 to UCLA.
Audric Estime led the Fighting Irish (9-3) with 238 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries.
The Cardinal had forced just seven turnovers before Saturday, the second-lowest total in the country, but had three turnovers in the first half to keep the game close.
JShawn Frausto-Ramos stripped Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman, Che Ojarikre intercepted Hartman and Ese Dubre forced a fumble on a kickoff return.
The Stanford offense got a 49-yard run on third-and-1 by quarterback Justin Lamson and a 53-yard pass from Ashton Daniels to EJ Smith that led to field goals, and a touchdown of 14 yards on a reverse from receiver Tiger Bachmeier. A 56-yard field goal by Joshua Karty gave Stanford a 16-14 lead with 8:57 left in the first half.
But the Fighting Irish finally stopped turning the ball over and scored 42 points in the second and third quarters to win the Legends Trophy for the fourth time in five games and avenge last year’s upset in South Bend.
Stanford sophomore Elic Ayomanor totaled 58 receiving yards to finish with 1,013, becoming the first Cardinal since JJ Arcega-Whiteside in 2018 to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
The Cardinal honored 26 seniors and fifth-year players before the game, but only one — inside linebacker Spencer Jorgensen — is ineligible to play next season. Jorgensen intercepted backup Steve Angeli in his last game.