Irish fall in 2 OT to Texas in season opener

nd loss

Notre Dame dropped it’s season opener Sunday night, falling to Texas 50-47 in a double overtime thriller.

“Losing is losing,” said Irish Head Coach Brian Kelly after the game. “We work too hard, we sacrifice too much to feel good in any way about losing a football game.

I’m proud of the resiliency they showed on the road, down 17 points in the second half, that’s something we really can build on.”

The big talk leading up to the game was the quarterback situation, where both Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer were expected to play.

Kizer would lead the Irish onto the field for the first series, and led them to a touchdown drive with the help of running back Tarean Folston.

Folston would break off a 54 yard run on his first carry since tearing his ACL in the season opener last season against Texas. He would finish the game with 88 yards on 18 carries.

Kizer would cap off the drive with a 13 yard touchdown pass to Equanimeous St. Brown, who would have 75 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 catches.

Zaire would go 3-and-out on his first possession, and couldn’t lead the Irish to a scoring drive.

The Longhorns were obviously not the same team as last year. Texas was led by true freshman quarterback Shane Buechele.

The passing attack was in full force for the Longhorns, connecting on multiple big plays, including a 72 yard touchdown pass on the second play of the second half, which gave Texas a 28-14 lead.

“We got to coach better, we got to be better as coaches and I think it starts with me,” said Kelly. “We’ve got some really key ingredients to this football team that you really want. A mental toughness that when you;re down 31-14, most teams kind of kick it in there. They didn’t, they kept fighting.”

Trailing 31-14 early in the third quarter, Kizer would play the rest of the game, showing that he had the hot hand under center.

Kizer would lead the Irish back, eventually giving them a 35-31 lead early in the fourth quarter, after Kizer threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game.

But Texas would re-take the lead 37-35 with 3:29 left in the game, until one of the most rare plays happened on the extra point attempt.

The PAT would be blocked, and it would be taken back by Shaun Crawford, which was a 2-point conversion for the Irish, tying the game at 37, and eventually sending the game into overtime.

Both teams would score in the first overtime, before Notre Dame had to settle for a Justin Yoon field goal to start off the second overtime, making it 47-44.

Then it was Tyrone Swoopes playing the role of hero for Texas, scoring his third touchdown of the game, and the Longhorns would complete the upset with a 50-47 win.

Kizer finished the game 15-24 for 215 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also had 13 rushes for 77 yards and 1 touchdown.

Zaire would only go 2-5 for 23 yards in one half of play.

Notre Dame will now turn it’s focus to Nevada in their first home game of the season on Saturday.

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