AP RECAP: Ian Book and Miles Boykin, the heroes of Notre Dame’s Citrus Bowl victory on New Year’s Day, worked their magic once again and a stifling defensive line chipped in as the No. 8 Irish broke a three-game losing streak to No. 7 Stanford with a 38-17 victory Saturday night.
Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, including an 8-yard TD to Boykin, who had career highs in receptions (11) and yardage (144).
“Our chemistry is coming along but he’s such a good player and I love throwing to him,” said Book, whose 55-yard touchdown pass to Boykin while replacing an ineffective Brandon Wimbush provided the Irish a 21-17 victory over LSU in Orlando last January.
Stanford coach David Shaw was impressed by Book, who hails from Northern California and was Notre Dame’s starting quarterback for the second straight week after replacing Wimbush again.
“(Notre Dame has) a quarterback right now that’s outstanding,” Shaw said. “He’s athletic enough to get himself out of trouble. Quarterbacks like this, if you don’t get them down on the ground, it’s gonna hurt you.”
Boykin’s touchdown reception gave the Irish a 31-17 lead over the Cardinal with 8:16 remaining. After Notre Dame’s Te’von Coney intercepted Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, Book threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Alize Mack 14 seconds later to seal the victory.
It’s a top-10 clash Saturday in South Bend as No. 7 Stanford takes on No. 8 Notre Dame in a game with potential College Football Playoff implications.
Game details, how to watch and live updates below:
What: No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (4-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0)
When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. PT
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
TV channel: NBC
Line: ND -5.5
Series history: Notre Dame leads the all-time series 18-13, though Stanford has won three in a row in the series.
Live updates from @StanfordFball below: