NBC Sports, in its 18th season as the broadcast home of Notre Dame home football games, presents live HD coverage of the Fighting Irish (3-1) hosting the Stanford Cardinal (3-2) Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET presented by Vonage. Coverage begins on NBCSports.com at 2 p.m. ET with the “Vonage Notre Dame Countdown to Kickoff” (see details below). Both teams are coming off victories last weekend. The Irish blew open a 14-14 game at halftime to defeat Purdue 38-21, while the Cardinal won on the road at Washington, 35-28.
Tom Hammond (play-by-play) and Pat Haden (analyst) team up for their ninth season together as the voices of Notre Dame on NBC joined by sideline reporter Alex Flanagan, who is also a reporter for the NFL Network.
“Notre Dame’s young players, its freshmen and sophomores, are really beginning to emerge,” said Haden. “Golden Tate and Michael Floyd have become outstanding, big-play receivers. Notre Dame now was a lot of firepower.
“Both Notre Dame and Stanford are two teams on the rise. Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job of starting to resurrect the Stanford program. Expect a lot of points on Saturday.”
NOTRE DAME & STANFORD: Notre Dame and Stanford will play one another for the 23rd time in series history on Saturday. The Irish hold a 16-6 (.727) edge in the series, including a 21-14 victory in last season’s meeting in Palo Alto. The Irish have captured the last six meetings overall and six straight in Notre Dame Stadium.
NOTRE DAME ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND NBC2GO: To complement NBC’s broadcast coverage, NBCSports.com is offering an innovative 40 minute pre- and post-game live webcast surrounding the Notre Dame TV coverage hosted by Paula Faris with commentary from John Walters. The “Vonage Notre Dame Countdown to Kickoff” and the “Vonage Notre Dame Post Game Report,” live webcasts originate from Notre Dame Stadium and extend the NBC television broadcasts by providing an unprecedented depth of Notre Dame coverage utilizing the Internet. The post-game report features live coverage of Coach Charlie Weis’ press conference. Fans can also visit NBCSports.com at halftime to see live coverage of the performances of the Fighting Irish marching band as well as the visiting school’s band.
Fans also can watch Notre Dame home games on their mobile phones through NBC Sports Mobile and NBC2Go.
NOTRE DAME ON NBC: In June, the University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports announced a new five-year agreement under which NBC will televise Irish home football games through 2015, which will mark the 25th year of the partnership. The extension provides NBC rights to eight Notre Dame home games from 2011-15, seven games at Notre Dame Stadium and an additional eighth off-site home game airing in primetime each year. The landmark relationship began in 1991.
REMAINING NOTRE DAME ON NBC SCHEDULE (ALL GAMES BROADCAST IN HD):
Date Opponent Time (all times ET)
Saturday, October 4 Stanford 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 Pittsburgh 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 Syracuse 2:30 p.m.