Going into the Sun Bowl, the big story was all of the players that were NOT playing for both Notre Dame and Oregon State. In the end, the guys who showed up to play for the Irish were more than enough to dominate the Beavers in a 40-8 victory in El Paso.
On Notre Dame’s first possession, they went 96 yards on 11 plays and it was Jayden Thomas with the touchdown reception to put the Irish up 7-0. Steve Angeli connected with Jordan Faison with a big 55 yard pass pay during the drive to help the Irish effort.
The Irish continued to dominate defensively during the rest of the first quarter and into the second quarter. A fake punt by the Beavers was snuffed out by Josh Burnham and Jaden Mickey, and then ran down a short 44 yard field in 7 plays for a 1 yard Jadarian Price touchdown run. Price rushed for over 100 yards on the day.
Notre Dame took the opening drive pf the second half about 50 yards, but were stuffed on a Gi’Bran Payne run on third down. Spencer Shrader came in to kick a 44 yard field goal — which was nice to see since he missed a 50 yarder in the first half.
The Irish scored on another Steve Angeli pass on their next possession to make it 24-0. Jordan Faison caught the 13 yard touchdown and was over 100 yards on the day.
Gi’Bran Payne was stopped on 4th and goal for Notre Dame on the next Irish possession, but the boys quickly turned that into an advantage as they scored a safety on Oregon State’s first play of the drive to make it 26-0.
The Irish scoring day was over. Steve Angeli threw his third touchdown of the day with a 12 yard hook up to Jeremiyah Love — a play where Love showed a number of shifty moves.
With the Irish up 33-0, the defense finally caved a bit and allowed Jimmy Valsin to just barely pull down a 33 yard touchdown. The Beavers punched in a 2 point run to make it 33-8.
The thing is though... Notre Dame didn’t stop. Kenny Minchey came in for Steve Angeli and Devyn Ford came in at running back, and after recovering an Oregon State onside kick attempt, the Irish got in scoring position. Chase Ketterer put the final touchdown on the board with a 6 yard touchdown run with under three minutes in the game.
Notre Dame gets a Sun Bowl trophy and its 10th win of the season.
More to come on OFD.