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TE Eifert reaches rare milestone

Chris Masoud | Monday, November 28, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. — Junior tight end Tyler Eifert eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark on a 23-yard catch in the first quarter, making him the fifth Irish tight end to accomplish the feat. Senior receiver Michael Floyd caught eight passes, pushing his season total to 95, a new Irish record. Former receiver Golden Tate held the previous record with 93 catches. Floyd also caught the 36th touchdown reception of his career in the third quarter, extending his Notre Dame career touchdown receptions record.

Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck threw four touchdowns Saturday, pushing his three-year career total to 80 and eclipsing former Cardinal quarterback John Elway’s four-year career mark of 77. Luck has thrown 35 touchdowns this season.

Halftime inspiration


Notre Dame continued its dominance in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinal 7-0 and extending its season margin in the third quarter to 84-13. The defense has shut out the opposing offense in the third period in each of its last five contests and 11 times over the course of the season, yielding a lone touchdown to Pittsburgh on Sept. 24.

Penalty-ridden game

Notre Dame committed 10 penalties for 68 yards, including six penalties for 38 yards in the first half.

The 10 penalties marked a season high, but the Irish proved to be more disciplined than the Cardinal, who committed a total of 11 penalties for 113 yards, including seven penalties for 63 yards in the second half alone.