Stanford rallies past Notre Dame, destroys Irish hopes for a berth in the College Football Playoff

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By: Josh Dubow, AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Hogan threw four touchdown passes and drove No. 13 Stanford to the winning 45-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina on the last play of the Cardinal’s 38-36 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in a playoff elimination game Saturday night.

Hogan threw for 269 yards and calmly led the winning drive in the final 30 seconds for the Cardinal (10-2, No. 9 CFP), who kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the win. Stanford needs to beat Southern California in the Pac-12 championship game next week and then get help in the other title games to make the four-team playoff.

DeShone Kizer had given the Irish (10-2, No. 6 CFP) a one-point lead on his 2-yard run with 30 seconds left only to see Hogan drive Stanford to the win.

With the victory, Stanford destroyed Notre Dame’s hopes for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Notre Dame entered the game ranked fifth in the CFP and had a chance to get into the semifinals depending on the outcome of the Big Ten title game.