Ohio State Stuns Notre Dame with Last-Second Touchdown in Thrilling South Bend Clash

0
183
Ohio State vs Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 23: Audric Estime #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is tackled by Tommy Eichenberg #35 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Notre Dame Stadium on September 23, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – September 24, 2023

In a heart-pounding showdown that will be remembered for years to come, the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes pulled off a dramatic victory against the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the final seconds of Saturday’s game. The Buckeyes secured their stunning win with a one-yard touchdown run that left the Fighting Irish and their fans in South Bend in disbelief.

The hero of the day, Kyle McCord, exhibited remarkable composure, orchestrating a masterful drive for Ohio State in the closing minute and 26 seconds of the game. McCord’s precision passing, which included completing five passes for a total of 73 yards, proved instrumental in the Buckeyes’ triumph. By the end of the game, McCord had completed 21 of 37 passes for 240 yards.

Adding to Ohio State’s offensive firepower, TreVeyon Henderson delivered a game-changing 61-yard touchdown in the second half, ultimately helping the Buckeyes overcome Notre Dame’s formidable defense.

Ohio State Stuns Notre Dame with Last-Second Touchdown in Thrilling South Bend Clash
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 23: Cade Stover #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes leaps over Ramon Henderson #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 23, 2023 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

However, it was the Buckeyes’ defense that truly shone on the grand stage. They held Notre Dame to a season-low 14 points, a feat achieved through critical stops on two fourth-down attempts deep within Ohio State territory. In the first quarter, linebacker Cody Simon thwarted Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman’s 4th and 1 attempt inside the red zone. After halftime, safeties Lathan Ransom and Sonny Styles combined for another crucial stop, preventing Notre Dame from advancing on 4th and 1 on the OSU 39-yard line.

With just four minutes left on the clock, Ohio State faced a do-or-die moment after failing to convert on fourth down deep within Irish territory. However, Jim Knowles’ resilient defense, which had faced criticism for allowing explosive plays in the previous season, rose to the occasion once more. They forced Notre Dame to punt, giving Ohio State one last opportunity to secure the game-winning drive.

Here’s a recap of how the game unfolded:

1st Quarter

  • Ohio State’s opening drive ended with a punt after Kyle McCord’s pass on 3rd and 12 sailed over Emeka Egbuka.
  • Notre Dame’s bold decision to go for it on 4th and 1 from the 22-yard line backfired, with Cody Simon’s tackle stopping the quarterback’s keeper short.
  • Ohio State struggled to move the ball and was forced to punt.
  • End of 1st Quarter: Ohio State 0, Notre Dame 0. Irish QB Sam Hartman was 9-of-10 for 88 yards.
  • Notre Dame missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.

2nd Quarter

  • Ohio State turned the ball over on downs on 4th and 1 at the Notre Dame one-yard line after a deflected pass from Kyle McCord and a stop on 3rd and goal.
  • Ohio State’s scoreless drive spanned 13 plays, covered 70 yards, and took over seven minutes.
  • OSU’s defense forced Notre Dame to punt after a tackle in space and a pass breakup by safety Josh Proctor.
  • Emeka Egbuka dropped a potential 15-yard touchdown pass after making back-to-back catches.
  • Jayden Fielding kicked a 31-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the first half, giving Ohio State a 3-0 lead.

3rd Quarter

  • Notre Dame turned the ball over on downs for the second time, as Lathan Ransom and Sonny Styles combined to tackle Hartman for no gain, giving OSU possession at their own 39-yard line.
  • TreVeyon Henderson’s electrifying 61-yard rushing touchdown was the first of the game, putting the Buckeyes ahead 10-0 with 11:14 left in the third quarter.
  • Marvin Harrison Jr. suffered an injury on the play but later returned to the game.
  • Notre Dame responded with a one-yard rushing touchdown, concluding a 13-play, 75-yard drive that consumed over seven minutes. Buckeyes still led 10-7.
  • Notre Dame gained 54 rushing yards on the scoring drive.
  • The third quarter ended with Ohio State ahead 10-7.

4th Quarter

  • Notre Dame began the fourth quarter on their own 4-yard line.
  • Notre Dame scored a short touchdown pass from Hartman, capping an 11-play, 96-yard drive, and took a 14-10 lead.
  • McCord completed a pivotal 40-yard pass to Xavier Johnson, advancing Ohio State to the Notre Dame 30-yard line.
  • Ohio State turned the ball over on downs on a jet sweep to Emeka Egbuka, gaining no yards on 4th and 1 from the Notre Dame 11-yard line.
  • Ohio State’s defense forced Notre Dame to punt, giving the Buckeyes one last chance to mount a comeback.
  • Several completions brought Ohio State inside the red zone.

The nail-biting finish to the Ohio State-Notre Dame clash will undoubtedly go down as one of the most thrilling games of the season, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here