Postgame Interview: Tyler Gaffney

Though Stanford didn't run any Wildcat plays against Notre Dame, Tyler Gaffney still figured prominently in the Cardinal offense. The junior halfback, a member of the rotation behind Stepfan Taylor, had six carries for 30 yards and two catches for 17 yards.

Most of Gaffney's impact came on the game's second drive, where he touched the ball four times en route to Stanford's first touchdown of the game. The Bootleg talked to Gaffney after the game on Saturday, getting his thoughts on the rushing game's success against Notre Dame and Stanford's postseason possibilities.

The Bootleg: How were you guys able to get such good leverage against Notre Dame in the rushing attack?

Tyler Gaffney: They played a straight-up defense—their motto is their defense is going to beat us. We just kind of took it to them and they weren't doing anything different than they've done all year. We just came out with a great game plan.

Can you talk about the play of your offensive line?

TG: Great play of our offensive line. They opened up a lot of holes—I think nine times out of 10, no one was getting touched three or four yards up the field.

Can you talk about some of the turnovers? How does that affect you guys as an offense?

TG: Turnovers will kill an offense. They will kill the mood of the game—just having to keep putting your defense out there. It's something we work on, and it's unfortunate—we had two of them today. Granted, we played an awesome game, besides that fact, but we can't turn the ball over.

Can you also talk about penalties? You guys got penalized for over 100 yards, so how does that affect your team and is that something you want to cut down on?

TG: When you get penalized for 100 yards—when it's that skewed, it's just, you know, nothing you can do about it. It's just the vibe of the game, and once a couple of penalties start, they just all start coming out.

Did you notice any difference in the officiating? Today was a Big East officiating crew, whereas obviously you guys normally have Pac-12 crews.

TG: I didn't really notice a difference, but I can tell you the receivers and the DBs definitely noticed a difference.

Why do you say that?

TG: They're a little different style of reffing—you're allowed to be a little more aggressive with the DBs and the cornerbacks.

Do you think Andrew Luck deserves to win the Heisman Trophy?

TG: He's the best quarterback in the nation, and he carries the team. I don't know why you wouldn't give it to him.

What does it mean to you guys to get a win over a team like Notre Dame? They're also a rival for you.

TG: They are just another team on the road, but with the Legends Cup and it being our last game, it feels great to end the season on a win.

From an underclassman's point of view, what was it like playing with some of those guys who are playing their last game in the stadium?

TG: It's an unbelievable experience to be by these guys, seeing them. My freshman year they were just a year above me and seeing them grow and seeing what they've become today to wearing their last walk shirt is just an unbelievable experience.

Are you fully subscribed to The Bootleg? If not, then you are missing out on all the top Cardinal coverage we provide daily on our award-winning website. Sign up today for the biggest and best in Stanford sports coverage with (sign-up)!

The Bootleg Top Stories