Once upon a time the Stanford offense purred like a cheetah and struck fear into the hearts of defensive coordinators up and down the Pac-12. Expectations were high for this year's offense, with talent and experience returning at every position except for one, but the Cardinal has struggled to put points on the board, and the wins have been ugly, the losses even uglier.
But here's the thing. Some people might describe last Saturday's victory over Notre Dame as an ugly win, but I'd argue that there are few things more beautiful than defeating the Irish in South Bend. In fact, given the state of the program as it limped into town with seven starters either limited or out due to injury, and considering the back-to-back thrashings at the hands of Washington and Washington State in the weeks leading up to this contest, nothing could have been more beautiful than this 17-10 win.