Despite being located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the center of technological innovation, Stanford is a machine with two settings: rushing offense and defense.
The Cardinal relied on both in a 27-20 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, running for 261 yards and two touchdowns and holding the Fighting Irish to 263 yards of total offense.
Gaffney is one-dimensional, but as an overpowering runner that thrives on a heavy workload -- it was his eighth game with 20 or more carries this season -- who needs a second dimension?
Cornerback Wayne Lyons intercepted ND quarterback Tommy Rees twice, while linebacker Shayne Skov added six tackles and one sack in his last appearance at Stanford Stadium. Fellow redshirt senior linebacker Trent Murphy was consistently disrupting Rees' timing, but had only one-half tackle for loss.
Murphy finishes the regular season with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks, leading the Pac-12 in both categories.
Stanford can claim its fourth straight season with at least 11 wins and a BCS bowl appearance by defeating Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game next Saturday.