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No. 7 Notre Dame stops No. 17 Stanford 20-13 in OT

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No. 7 Notre Dame stops No. 17 Stanford 20-13 in OT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) TJ Jones made a reaching 7-yard touchdown catch in overtime and No. 7 Notre Dame stopped Stanford inches from the goal line to beat the 17th-ranked Cardinal 20-13 Saturday.

After Jones and Tommy Rees gave the Fighting Irish (6-0) a seven-point lead in OT, Stanford (4-2) drove to a first-and-goal at the 4.

Stepfan Taylor ran for 1 on first, 2 on second and inches on third down. That left one play from inside the 1 and the Notre Dame defense, led by Carlos Calabrese, stood up Taylor and pushed him back.

Taylor kept reaching and turning, and ended up reaching the ball across the goal line, but the officials ruled it was too late. The play had been stopped.

The celebration had to wait for a replay review. It was close, but the call stood. The fans completed storming the field, and the national title hopes in South Bend remained alive.

``Our defense is incredible,'' Irish coach Brian Kelly said.

Rees relieved Everett Golson after the sophomore took a helmet to the head during Notre Dame's game-tying field goal drive late in the fourth.

In the overtime, Rees lofted a 16-yard pass to Theo Riddick to convert a third-and-8 to the 7. On the next play, he threw behind Jones on a slant and the receiver reached back for a sliding two-handed catch and a 20-13 lead.

Then the Fighting Irish defense, which has now not given up a touchdown in four straight games, made it stand. Almost half the field was covered with Notre Dame fans, as rain poured down during the postgame celebration. They didn't seem to mind.

Toss another victory into Notre Dame lore.

Jordan Williamson's 27-yard field goal with 6:12 put the Cardinal up 13-10, and the Fighting Irish drove into Cardinal territory when Golson took a helmet hit from Usua Amanam that was flagged for 15 yards.

Golson came out looking shaken up and Rees came in. He completed an 11-yard pass to Tyler Eifert, and then on third-and-4 from the 28 Eifert drew a pass interference call on Terrence Brown that gave the Irish a first down at the 13.

The Irish couldn't punch it in and Kyle Brindza kicked a 22-yard field goal with 20 seconds left to tie it at 13.

Two of the nation's best defenses figured to dictate the game on a gray rainy day in South Bend, and they didn't disappoint.

Notre Dame defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt was in the Stanford backfield all day and Manti Te'o was all over Stanford ballcarriers.

On the other side, Shayne Skov and Ben Gardner gave Golson and the Irish very little room to operate.

Golson alternated between scary and spectacular all day, completing 12 of 24 for 141 yards and a touchdown. He also lost two key fumbles - one that gave Stanford a touchdown and the other that gave the Cardinal the ball back after he made a long run deep into Stanford territory.

Josh Nunes had a similar day for Stanford, going 12 for 25 for 125 yards with two interceptions

The Irish got their offense going in the third quarter, outgaining Stanford 114-19, but couldn't get any points, in part because Golson fumbled inside the Cardinal 20.

Notre Dame finally found the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter. On a third-and-18 from the 24, Golson lofted a pass to the front corner of the end zone that the 6-foot-6 Eifert came down with a for a touchdown and a 10-10 tie.

Nunes, Taylor and the Cardinal responded with their best drive of the game, a methodical 16-play, 65-yard march that took 8:03 off the clock and reached the Notre Dame 3. The Irish got a stop on third down Williamson's 27-yard field goal made it 13-10 with 6:12 left.

The third season under a coach has traditionally been a memorable one at Notre Dame. Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz all won national titles in Year 3 of coaching the Irish.

Brian Kelly's third season in South Bend was already starting to feel as if it could be special, too. Against Stanford, the Irish raised the stakes even higher.

``Six weeks left with this group, they leave here knowing they can win with the plan,'' Kelly said.

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John Wall, Bradley Beal, Dwight Howard and other Wizards set to climb plenty of All-Time lists in 2018-19

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Dwight Howard and other Wizards set to climb plenty of All-Time lists in 2018-19

Last season alone saw John Wall set the Wizards/Bullets franchise records for career assists and steals, as well as the mark for assists in a single season. Bradley Beal moved all the way up to second in franchise history for career threes.

This year should produce plenty of milestones for the Wizards, if their players continue their recent career pace. Here is a look at some milestones to expect from Wall, Beal, Dwight Howard and others…

John Wall

— is likely to move into the top 40 all-time for career assists this season (he’s currently 64th). He averaged 783.3 per season from 2014-17, that pace would push him past Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Walt Frazier and others this year

— is currently 10th on franchise list for games played, only five games behind Phil Chenier. A full 82-game season would put Wall at fourth in franchise history and push him past guys like Jeff Malone, Gus Johnson and Brendan Haywood

— is 559 minutes away from 20,000. Only two players in franchise history have reached that mark with the team: Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes

—  is 409 points from passing Unseld (10,624) for third on franchise scoring list

— is 73 steals away from 1,000

Bradley Beal

—  is seven three-pointers away from passing Gilbert Arenas (868) for the most threes made in franchise history; based on his current pace, Beal could hit his 1,000thcareer three this season

— Beal could become one of only eight players to reach 1,000 threes by the end of their seventh NBA season. That list includes James Harden, Stephen Curry, Ray Allen, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard

-is 241 three-point attempts away from passing Arenas (2,430) for most in franchise history

Dwight Howard

— is only one point away from 18,000, he should get to 19,000 this season; Howard is 383 points from passing Tracy McGrady (18,381), 824 from passing Isiah Thomas (18,822), 942 from passing Scottie Pippen (18,940)

— if he plays a full 82-game season, Howard will pass these players in career games played: Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Manu Ginobli, George Gervin and Charles Barkley

— is 79 minutes away from passing Unseld on the all-time list, with a full season he could move into the top 50 all-time for minutes played

— is 648 rebounds from passing Hakeem Olajuwon (13,748) for 14th all-time, is 669 from surpassing Unseld (13,769) for 13th; Howard has already passed Shaquille O’Neal, Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Patrick Ewing and others

— is 40 blocks away from passing Manute Bol (2,086) for 17th all-time, is 73 from passing Shawn Bradley (2,119) for 16th, is 91 from eclipsing Ben Wallace (2,137) for 15th

Otto Porter

—  is 77 threes away from 500

Austin Rivers

— is 88 threes away from 500, 13 assists away from 1,000, 174 rebounds away from 1,000 and 105 minutes away from 10,000

Pro Basketball Reference was used for this research

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NFC East Update: Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys muddled at the top, but Giants mess at bottom

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NFC East Update: Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys muddled at the top, but Giants mess at bottom

The Redskins wasted a big opportunity to jump to the front of the NFC East standings with an ugly loss to the Colts. The good news, however, is that nobody in the division got to 2-0 either, and the standings look quite jumbled through two weeks. 

Here's the weekly update:

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

That loud noise you heard were jaws dropping around the NFL when the Buccaneers and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick posted 27 points on the Eagles. Tampa's hot start under Fitzpatrick is a story for a different day, but the vaunted Philadelphia defense looked quite beatable on their recent trip to Florida.

That loss will soon be forgotten though as QB Carson Wentz is set to return this weekend for the Eagles. Before he went down with a knee injury late last season, Wentz was an MVP candidate and a touchdown machine. He returns to a banged up Philly squad, particularly at wide receiver. The Eagles will need Wentz magic right away, and their defense to get back to normal, to again look like defending Super Bowl Champs. 

Up next: 9/23 vs Colts

Washington Redskins (1-1)

After a dominant Week 1 win in Arizona, the Redskins played a terrible game in their home opener, losing to Indianapolis 21-9. Almost everything that worked so well in Week 1 - the run game and stopping the run - didn't work in Week 2.

Jay Gruden, Alex Smith and the defensive line all need to be better to have a chance in Week 3 against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Two disturbing trends for Washington: lack of production at WR and lack of pressure on opposing QBs. Ryan Kerrigan needs to get going for Washington, quick. 

Up next: 9/23 vs Packers

Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The Cowboys offense looked bad Week 1 against the Panthers, and only looked slightly better Week 2 against the Giants. The good news is the Cowboys defensive front looks strong. They sacked Eli Manning six times last week and dominated rookie RB Saquon Barkley.

At some point the Cowboys will need to score, and that doesn't look easy. QB Dak Prescott is averaging less than 150 yards per game, good for 30th in the NFL. Dallas will continue to lean on its run game, but if the passing doesn't improve even Ezekiel Elliott won't find much room against defenses stacked to stop him. 

Up next: 9/23 @ Seattle

New York Giants (0-2)

Things look ugly in New York. In two games, the Giants have scored just 29 points and Eli Manning has been sacked eight times. Rookie RB Saquon Barkley looks like a big time talent, but outside of one big run in Week 1, hasn't been able to consistently move the ball.

The discussion in New York is heating up if the Giants messed up by drafting Barkley with the second overall pick when so many strong QB prospects were available. It doesn't help that the New York Jets took Sam Darnold with the third overall pick, and he looks like the real deal. After all, Manning is 37. 

Up next: 9/23 @ Houston

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