Old-School Stanford Ran Into a Wall

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Stanford ripped a page out of the Titanic-era playbook to help Notre Dame advance another precious step on what is suddenly becoming an improbable national title run.

Football games a century ago were brutish struggles with heavy emphasis on gouging and grunting.

Innovation was left to guys like Thomas Edison.

Notre Dame sealed a 20-13 overtime win in part because Stanford insisted on bludgeoning into an Irish defensive front that has not allowed a rushing touchdown all season.

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