South Bend, IN -- Tommy Rees came off the bench to throw a 7- yard touchdown pass to TJ Jones in overtime, while the Notre Dame defense followed with a goal-line stand to keep the No. 7 Fighting Irish unbeaten with a thrilling 20-13 victory over 17th-ranked Stanford on a soggy Saturday in South Bend.
Rees also helped engineer a 12-play, 79-yard drive capped by Kyle Brindza's 22-yard field goal near the end of regulation after taking over midway through the series for injured starter Everett Golson. He finished 4-for-4 for 43 yards as the Irish moved to 6-0 for the first time since 2002.
Golson, who exited with a possible concussion on an illegal hit with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, went 12-of-24 for 141 yards and fired a 24-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Eifert that aided Notre Dame's comeback from a 10-3 halftime deficit.
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 102 yards on 28 carries for Stanford (4-2), but was stuffed four times from within the Irish 4-yard line on the Cardinal's only possession in overtime. Josh Nunes threw for 125 yards on 12-of-25 passing and was intercepted twice in defeat.
Stanford's only touchdown against the Irish, who entered the contest second nationally in scoring defense and had kept their last three opponents out of the end zone, came on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Chase Thomas after Ben Gardner's sack of Golson in the second quarter.
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