Lost in the memories of Notre Dame's thrilling overtime goal line stand victory over Stanford last year, was the performance of Irish quarterback Tommy Rees off the bench.
Starter Everett Golson was knocked out of the game in the 4th quarter due to a concussion. Rees entered the game and complete all four of his passes, leading the Irish to a game tying field in regulation and then the go ahead touchdown in overtime.
The victory kept Notre Dame's undefeated season alive, and Rees--who returned to the role of starting QB this season--was a huge reason why.
"It was a great win--a great team win," Rees said of last year's overtime win over Stanford. "One of the cooler moments here at Notre Dame Stadium since I've been here. To be able to come in and help the team win a game and not letting the guys down and finding a way to get a field goal and a touchdown in overtime. I remember obviously the goal line stand--and not being able to watch--and then running out onto the field. It was an awesome memory last year for sure."
Rees has thrown for 2,739 yards, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season, startling all 11 games. Saturday marks the final regular season game of his career, one where's he started a game in every season of his career. This will be the first time he's started every game in a single season, however.
The Irish are 8-3 and ranked 25th in the country. Stanford 9-2 and ranked 8th. Kickoff is set for 7pm EST Saturday night in Palo Alto.