Game 4 Recap: Ohio State 17 – Notre Dame 14
A moment that felt like it was the end for Ohio State was the failed fourth down play as they were trying to get a scoring drive in Notre Dame territory after trailing 10-14, and it was the second failed 4th down conversion on the night. Giving the ball back to the Irish, who had scored their last two drives with running the ball on sustained drives, the optimism for Buckeye Nation was all but gone, and memories of the Georgia Peach Bowl, and the last two Michigan games couldn’t help but resurfaced. And then, there was life. The Buckeye defense stopped the Irish on a 5 play drive that chewed 2 minutes and 46 seconds, giving the Buckeyes the ball back with one more chance to win. 65 yards, 1 minutes and 25 seconds, and a go ahead touchdown from Chip Trayanum running into the end zone for a touchdown where a missing Irish defensive lineman should have been. History made, and a sigh of relief.
Star of the Game
Emeka Egbuka. This game, there were a lot of options based on individual performances in a game where every inch mattered, but Egbuka made the plays to help set up Ohio State in this win, especially on the last drive for the go ahead touchdown. We can almost forgive his drop which would have been a touchdown, but with Marvin Harrison Jr blanketed for most of the game, and hurt, Egbuka became the best target for McCord.
The game wasn’t pretty, but a win on the road against a top 10 team while you are breaking in your new quarterback while your defense has been playing as great as it has been in the last 5 year, this win has to feel pretty good for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes. Now, they go into a bye week to rest, get Marvin Harrison Jr rest, who was injured in the third quarter on the Henderson touchdown run, and give Kyle McCord extra practice to work on his timing. Outside of maybe Washington though, there has not been a dominant team so far this year, but this is a great year for a lot of teams ot make a playoff push. Penn State, Michigan, and Maryland are all undefeated, and the Terrapins have a good chance to be 5-0 heading into Columbus. The SEC looks like Georgia and that is about it as a lot of 1 loss teams are trying to keep their season hopes alive. The PAC-12 will be interesting to see as the top teams will start to play each other soon, and I think the Oregon-Washington winner on October 14th will give that conference some clarity. Florida State survived their last toughest test on their schedule and have a good chance to be 12-0 going into the ACC Championship Game. Meanwhile in the Big 12, the Red River Shootout might be repeated in the championship as Texas and Oklahoma are both undefeated, and seem to be the cream of the crop for that conference. But hey, its September 24th, and there is so much more football left to be played. lets enjoy the ride, one game at a time, and the pretenders and contenders will sort themselves out.
Ohio State (4-0) will head into a by week, before returning home to take on Maryland (4-0) on October 7.
Notre Dame (4-1) will travel to Duke (4-0) on Saturday September 30 at 7:30pm on ABC. GameDay will be at their second straight Notre Dame game