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Pac-12 roundup: Notre Dame jumps on Stanford in second half

Notre Dame linebacker Te'von Coney (4) intercepts a pass intended for Stanford tight end Kaden Smith (82) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
Notre Dame linebacker Te'von Coney (4) intercepts a pass intended for Stanford tight end Kaden Smith (82) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
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Ian Book threw for four touchdowns and No. 8 Notre Dame’s defense stifled Stanford to end a three-game losing streak to the Cardinal with a 38-17 victory Saturday night in South Bend, Indiana.

Starting his second straight game, Book completed 24 of 33 passes for 278 yards, including an 8-yard TD to Miles Boykin. Boykin had career highs in receptions (11) and yardage (144).

Boykin’s touchdown gave the Irish (5-0) a 31-17 lead over the Cardinal (4-1) with 8:16 remaining. After Notre Dame’s Te’von Coney intercepted Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, Book threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Alize Mack 14 seconds later to seal the victory.

Book’s other touchdown passes were a 6-yarder to tight end Nic Weishar in the first quarter and a 10-yarder to Chase Claypool just before halftime.

The Irish totaled 550 yards, including 272 yards on 55 carries. Senior Dexter Williams, playing in his first game of the season after missing the first four for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, rushed for a career-high 161 yards on 21 carries, the first a 45-yard touchdown that gave Notre Dame a 7-0 lead.

The Irish limited seventh-ranked Stanford to 229 yards. Costello threw for just 174 yards and was hurried all night by Notre Dame’s front four, which got four sacks and two hurries from 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.

Bryce Love, last year’s Heisman Trophy runner-up, scored on a 39-yard TD for Stanford, but finished with just 73 yards on 17 carries before limping to the locker room with just over 11 minutes remaining.

(19) Oregon 42, (24) California 24: Justin Herbert threw two touchdown passes and La’Mar Winston Jr. returned a fumble for a touchdown to help the Ducks bounce back from a crushing loss a week ago by beating the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California.

Travis Dye ran for 115 yards and a touchdown and C.J. Vardell ran for 106 yards as the Ducks (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) got a big road win against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1) after losing all four conference games away from home a year ago.

A week after blowing a 17-point, second-half lead in a 38-31 overtime loss to Stanford, the Ducks broke out to a 35-10 lead early in the third quarter. Cal responded with a TD run by Patrick Laird and had chances to cut further into the deficit after Dye lost a fumble.

But the Oregon defense responded well this week, intercepting a pass from Chase Garbers in the end zone and stopping Brandon McIlwain for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1 early in the fourth quarter. Ugochukwu Amadi sealed the game with a 32-yard interception return against McIlwain for a TD that made it 42-24.

Cal started well in its first game as a ranked team in three years by holding the ball for nearly half the first quarter before settling for a field goal on the opening drive. The Bears went back ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter on a 28-yard keeper by McIlwain.

But the Ducks scored three TDs in the final 5:44 of the half to put away the game. Dye scored on a 45-yard run and Herbert connected on a 36-yard TD pass to Dillon Mitchell.

Then with the Bears driving and looking to cut into an 11-point deficit, the Ducks seized momentum in the final seconds of the half. Drayton Carlberg sacked McIlwain and knocked the ball loose. Winston scooped it up and raced 61 yards for the score that made it 28-10 with 18 seconds left in the half.

Vardell had a 74-yard run to the 1 on the opening play of the third quarter for the Ducks to set up another TD.

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