Notre Dame struggled to find its way with its two quarterbacks while Texas found the perfect path for its own pair of quarterbacks.
The Fighting Irish go off to a fast start by taking its opening drive 78 yards in 6 plays for a touchdown with Kizer at quarterback. That touchdown was caught by Equanimeous St. Brown who filled in quite well in place of NFL future star, Will Fuller.
That “joyous” feeling of striking quick was overshadowed by an even quicker-paced offense, when Texas and its freshman quarterback, Shane Buechele, drove right down for their own touchdown.
The teams traded blows before halftime with Texas getting just one more in than Notre Dame and the Irish went into the half down 21-14.
Texas twisted the knife when it took its opening drive of the second half 72 yards in 2 plays for a touchdown. Notre Dame struggled anytime Malik Zaire entered the game, and Texas used Tyrone Swoopes as the perfect compliment and change of pace to Buechele.
It got terribly bleak for Notre Dame once they went down 31-14 early in the third quarter. But, that’s when Notre Dame finally made a few stops on defense and the Irish scored three touchdowns in about 10 minutes under the leadership of DeShone Kizer to take the lead 35-31.
Texas dug in and finally answered with a touchdown drive to take the lead 37-35 with three and a half minutes to go. That’s when the “fun” really began, and Notre Dame blocked the PAT and took it to the house for the two point play to tie it up at 37 all.
After a possession each, Notre Dame and Texas ended regulation tied and went into overtime. That’s where this story ends (of course). To sum it up, Notre Dame failed to move the ball in the second OT and kicked a field goal, while Texas used Swoopes and his fresh legs to come in and make tackling look like a lost artform. Texas wins 50-47 and the Fighting Irish are 0-1.
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