This is good old-fashioned Notre Dame Football.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) October 2, 2018
It’s Notre Dame vs. Stanford. It’s a matchup between two Top 10 teams. Both are undefeated.
The video, which is produced by the Notre Dame Media department, opens up with shots from tailgating on campus. It’s clear the Fighting Irish fans are fired up for the primetime game between these two rivals.
“Everybody, stay together. There will be some ups, there will be some downs, no doubt. We’ll fight through it together and we’ll come out victorious. That’s who we are. It’s Notre Dame football. It’s the brotherhood that we are one and we stick together every single play. Let’s go and win a football game.”
The first half begins and the Notre Dame offense gets going early. After a stop by the defense, we see quarterback Ian Book connecting with wide receiver Miles Boykin on a tremendous throw and catch. Then it’s time for the return of running back Dexter Williams. He takes his first handoff of the night and first touch of the year 45 yards to the end zone to put Notre Dame up 7-0. His teammates and running backs coach Autry Denson show him love on the sideline.
The offense returns to the field on 4th and 2 and following a terrific play-action fake by Book, he hits tight end Cole Kmet for the first down. The drive ends with Book hitting tight end Nic Weishar, who is wide open in the end zone, for another score. Weishar is showered with praise from his teammates on the sideline.
The defense returns to the field and we see some heavy hits from multiple players, with the biggest coming by linebacker Drue Tranquill, who absolutely destroyed the Stanford receiver.
The offense comes back and once again it’s Book lighting up the scoreboard. Just before halftime he hits wide receiver Chase Claypool in the end zone and the Fighting Irish take a 21-14 lead in the second session. Kelly talks to his team in the locker room and gets them prepared for what’s to come.
“Everybody commit themselves for four quarters. It starts with effort and enthusiasm in the third and we finish strong in the fourth. This is good old fashioned Notre Dame football. Let’s go to work.”
Once again, the third quarter begins with guys making plays on both sides of the ball and we see kicker Justin Yoon connecting on a field goal, which gives the Irish a 24-14 advantage. Cornerback Julian Love gets a pass breakup later that quarter, which makes him Notre Dame’s all-time leader in pass breakups.
The fourth quarter stars and we see more plays by the Fighting Irish. The defense is getting after it and Stanford quarterback KJ Costello has very little time to throw the ball. Defensive end Khalid Kareem gets to Costello, as does defensive end Julian Okwara. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery is seen bringing down Costello for the sack as well, which he ends up doing four times on the night. We’ll see some of those sacks later in the video.
Book and the Notre Dame offense hit the field a few more times and we see touchdown passes to wide receiver Miles Boykin and tight end Aliz’e Mack. The game ends with the offense on the field, as the Irish defeated Stanford 38-17.
We head back into the locker room for Kelly’s postgame speech.
“You determined the outcome tonight. Physically, mentally, and in your preparation. Congratulations. That was a complete victory from the start to the finish. That is Notre Dame football and that is our standard that you left out there for everybody to see, so congratulations. Great individual efforts out there, but game ball, game ball, come on man, dominating performance. All I got to say is four sacks. Jerry Tillery.”
The Legends Trophy, which is given to the winner of Notre Dame vs. Stanford, is finally back home in South Bend. The video ends with Kelly drinking some Gatorade from the cup of the trophy, as the Irish celebrate their fifth consecutive win of the season.