Here's a look at some news and notes from No. 7 Notre Dame's 20-13 overtime victory over No. 17 Stanford:
Irish defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore, left, and Stephon Tuitt, right, sack Stanford QB Josh Nunes
• The victory over Stanford did a lot for Notre Dame, which improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2002 and for the 30th time overall in the history of the program. The Fighting Irish are approaching the longest win streak since they won eight consecutive contests in 2006, and they’ve done so this year by beating three top-25 teams in the process.
• Notre Dame is now 18-9 (.667) vs. the Cardinal all time, with an 11-3 mark at home. The Irish are now 1-5 against Stanford when the Cardinal have been ranked in the top 25.
• Stanford won the punting battle, with Daniel Zychlinski averaging 45.7 yards on six punts, including a long of 57 yards and two kicks that were downed inside the 20-yard line. Notre Dame’s Ben Turk averaged 41.2 yards on five attempts, with a long of 46. Stanford’s average starting point was the 35-yard line in the first half, while the Irish had to settle with drives beginning on average on the 25-yard line through the first two stanzas.
• Saturday marked the first overtime game of the year for Notre Dame and the fifth in the past five seasons. It was the first contest between the two teams that wasn’t decided in regulation. The win bumped the Irish up to 4-8 all time in overtime games — all four victories taking place in South Bend (Air Force in 2000, Washington State in 2003 and Washington in 2009). The Irish lost overtime games at home against Air Force in 1996, Nebraska in 2000, Michigan State in 2005, Navy in 2007, Pittsburgh in 2008 and Connecticut in 2009.
• Though the attention is worth the possible distraction, Notre Dame hasn’t faired too well when playing in a game where ESPN’s “College GameDay” was present. The Irish improved to 9-11 when the popular show was on site. Notre Dame lost the last two (at Michigan in 2011, at USC in 2006). The Irish are tied for seventh on the list when it comes to “GameDay” appearances with USC, trailing Florida (34), Ohio State (30), Oklahoma (27), Florida State (25), Michigan (24) and Alabama (23). They are fourth when it comes to hosting the show (eight times).
• The Irish did their part to promote breast cancer awareness against the Cardinal, with players wearing pink accessories such as wristbands, gloves and socks. Members of the Notre Dame coaching staff wore navy hats and visors with pink accents. Head coach Brian Kelly’s wife is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and the Kelly Cares Foundation sold likenesses of the coach’s face to support organizations, initiatives and programs associated with the cause.
• NFL Films aired an hour-long documentary before kickoff, which documented the win over Michigan on Sept. 22, the preparation for and victory over Miami in Chicago on Oct. 6, and plenty of behind-the-scenes moments in between. “Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field” will continue to air throughout the month on the NBC Sports Network.
• Finding an opposing running back that has crossed the goal line against Notre Dame isn’t all that easy these days. In fact, there are only four that can boast that accomplishment over the last 28 games: Gee Gee Greene for Navy in 2010, Air Force’s Jon Lee in 2011, Wake Forest’s Josh Harris in 2011 and D.J. Adams (Maryland) also last fall. Those four players combined for nine rushing touchdowns in that span, and the only defense to allow fewer is Alabama with six (prior to Saturday’s game against Missouri).
• Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 30-3 in the first quarter and 44-7 in the third quarter through six games this season. It has held 16 of its last 19 opponents scoreless in the third frame. Navy is the only team this year to put up points in the third quarter this season, and Pittsburgh, USC and Florida State managed to score coming out of halftime in 2011. On top of not allowing any points by Stanford Saturday in the third quarter, Notre Dame outgained the Cardinal 114-19.
• Sophomore placekicker Kyle Brindza connected on a 29-yard field goal with 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the Irish an early 3-0 lead. He added a 22-yarder with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. He is now 10 for 12 in his career, with all attempts coming this season.