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Students ready for another home victory

Irena Zajickova | Friday, October 3, 2008

This weekend’s game against Stanford, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m., gives the Irish a chance to build on last Saturday’s decisive 38-21 victory over Purdue.

Stanford has had a mixed season so far. It posted a 36-28 win over Oregon State, however, the Cardinals lost 41-17 to then No. 15 Arizona State. Their biggest win last season came during an upset of the powerhouse USC team.

Many students said that the Irish will not have much trouble defeating Stanford if they continue their new and improved level of play.

Andrew McCorry, a junior, said Notre Dame is more than up to the task of playing well against the Cardinals.

“The offense should have no problem putting up points against Stanford’s defense, especially at home,” McCorry said. “Their offense isn’t exactly potent either, and it will be extremely hard for them to put up points at the rate our offense will be doing.”

Senior Kadeja Gaines said that Notre Dame’s defense will be the key.

“If the defense keeps playing the way it has been, I know we’ll win,” Gaines said.

Sophomore Brendan Kiefer said that last week’s victory of Purdue will help the Irish defeat Stanford.

“I thought the offense looked really good in the second half [against Purdue],” Kiefer said. “So they will have more confidence heading into this week’s game.”

Notre Dame’s improved performance has excited and invigorated the student body, sentiments reflected in their apparel. T-shirts paying tribute the student body’s newest cheer (“Crank Me Up!”) have been spotted all across campus.

Sophomore Katie Callison said the winning season has given Notre Dame’s campus a more positive vibe.

“I just like the atmosphere better when the team is winning,” she said. “Everyone seems to be in a better mood.”

To add to the excitement of the football weekend, the Junior Class Council has planned a “Car Smash Bash” event. Students will be able to smash an old car decorated in Stanford colors and symbols at Fieldhouse Mall Friday. Using a hammer will cost $1, a baseball bat will cost $2, and a sledgehammer will cost $5. The event will run from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Steve Bold, the Junior Class Council’s treasurer, has high hopes for the event.

“If we find this to be successful on Friday, then we will certainly consider doing it again for more of the home games,” Bold said.

The pep rally will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the Joyce Center.