The epic matchup between No. 6 Ohio State and No. 9 Notre Dame certainly lived up to the hype, as the game was won at the last second.
With three seconds left, Chip Trayanum raced up the middle to find the end zone, giving the Buckeyes a 17-14 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame in South Bend.
Ohio State forced a punt, getting the ball back with 1:26 left and a timeout remaining at their 35. They converted on a 4th-and-7 from the Notre Dame 39, and two plays later it found Marvin Harrison Jr. for a 19-yard gain. Emeka Egbuka had a catch at the one-yard line, and Ohio State scored with seven seconds remaining. The first pass fell incomplete, but Trayanum found the end zone as the clock hit triple zeros.
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However, after much consideration, a second was added to the clock. The ensuing kick went out of bounds, placing the ball on the Notre Dame 35-yard line. The Irish prayed on a group of fullbacks, but to no avail and the Buckeyes improved to 3-0.
The first half was all defense, as there were only three points scored in the first 30 minutes: an Ohio State field goal with 26 seconds left in the half. But after the Buckeyes forced a turnover on downs, their very first play afterward was a 61-yard touchdown run by TreVeyon Henderson. Harrison Jr. suffered an apparent leg injury during the game, as his ankle rolled up on a block, but he returned on their next drive – which took place after a Notre-Dame touchdown. Queen to make it a 10-7 match.
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The Irish forced a punt early in the fourth and were pinned at their own four-yard line. However, it didn’t matter as they drove 96 yards down the field, with Sam Hartman finding Rico Flores Jr. for a touchdown to cap the drive, giving Notre Dame a 14-10 lead.
With the Buckeyes in territory four downs at the Notre Dame 10, they went for 4th and 1, but to no avail. Egbuka was stopped in his tracks at the end of his turn, giving the Irish the ball with 4:12 remaining.
But they couldn’t keep the ball long enough to run out the clock.
Kyle McCord 21 for 37 for 240 yards, 96 of which came from Egbuka. Henderson ran for 104 yards on 14 carries.
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The 4-0 Buckeyes are off next week before hosting unranked Maryland in a Big Ten matchup, while the Fighting Irish (4-1) head to Duke next week.