Texas beats No. 10 Notre Dame in double-OT thriller
Austin, Texas — Tyrone Swoopes scored on a lunging 6-yard touchdown run in the second overtime, giving Texas a 50-47 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday night.
The Texas quarterback broke a tackle, burst up the middle and stretched the ball across the line as the Longhorns earned a huge victory for embattled coach Charlie Strong after two losing seasons.
Freshman Shane Buechele got the start over Swoopes, but the senior played a huge role in Texas’ running game with two scores and big runs that punished Notre Dame defenders in overtime.
Buechele, the first freshman quarterback to start a Longhorns season opener since Bobby Layne in 1944, was impressive, with 280 yards passing and two long touchdown throws.
“I said a year ago we probably would have lost that football game because we didn’t know how to finish,” Strong said. “You knew (Buechele) could handle it. You knew the stage wouldn’t be too big.”
Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer rallied the Irish from a 31-17 deficit in the third quarter and finished with 215 yards passing and five touchdowns.
Texas went ahead 37-35 on D’Onte Foreman’s 18-yard touchdown run before Notre Dame blocked the extra point and Shaun Crawford returned it for 2-point score that tied it at 37 with just under 4 minutes left.
Sarkisian to ’Bama?
Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian is on his way to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to “discuss a role” as special assistant to the offense for No. 1-ranked Alabama, two outlets reported Sunday.
Sarkisian has been out of college football since 2015, when USC fired him at midseason because of erratic behavior and other alcohol-related issues.
The game between Alcorn State and Bethune Cookman on Sunday has been canceled due to severe weather conditions.
The MEAC/SWAC Challenge was delayed with 7:14 left in the second quarter and never resumed. Both schools agreed it won’t be rescheduled.