DAPHNE, AL – In a must win situation for both teams, Stanford senior quarterback Kevin Hogan was very efficient, completing 17 of 21 passes for 269 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Stanford’s win over Notre Dame. The game went back and forth throughout the night with Stanford getting the ball last, down by one, and 30 seconds left on the clock. Hogan marched his team to the Notre Dame 38 yard line to set up the game winning field goal. Conrad Ukropina made the winning 45-yard kick as time expired.
The scoring drive was aided by a face mask penalty called on the Notre Dame defense on the first play. Hogan then connected on a 27-yard pass to Devon Cajuste to get Stanford in field goal range. After a short run by Christian McCaffrey, Ukropina came on and drilled the field goal, which set off a wild celebration as fans rushed the field.
For its impressive performance against #6 Notre Dame, #9 Stanford has been voted this week’s winner of the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week. No. 19 TCU’s double overtime 28-21 victory over #7 Baylor came in second and #3 Oklahoma’s 58-23 win over #11 Oklahoma State along with USC’s 40-21 victory over UCLA tied for third.
An eminent national panel of 17 former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award by ballot.
At the end of the season, the best College Football Game of the Year is chosen from the pool of weekly winners. Past winners of these memorable games have included stunning upsets, conference championships, and BCS National Championship games.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning school.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.