Golson scores go-ahead TD to help Irish sink Sooners

Myrtle Beach High product and Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson scored the go-ahead touchdown as the No. 5 Fighting Irish defeated No. 8 Oklahoma 30-20 on Saturday night.

Notre Dame continued its pursuit of an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1988. The Irish are 8-0 for the first time since 2002.

With the Irish up by a touchdown late, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o dove to pick off Landry Jones’ pass off a deflection. The pass was intended for Jalen Saunders, but Dan Fox hit Saunders as the ball arrived, popping up for Te’o to pick off.

Notre Dame added a field goal and a touchdown late to turn what had been a close game into a relatively comfortable lead.

The Sooners (5-2) became the first team this season to score a rushing touchdown against the Irish, when Blake Bell scored from the 1 with around nine minutes remaining to tie the game.

Oklahoma hadn’t had much success on the ground to that point, and had Bell throw his first pass of the season with the game still on the line to pick up a first down just before Bell’s touchdown.

Notre Dame quickly regained some momentum on Everett Golson’s 50-yard pass to Chris Brown. Golson scored from 1 yard out to put Notre Dame back in front by a touchdown with five minutes left.

Notre Dame struck the first big blow midway through the first quarter, just two plays after Oklahoma had taken a lead with a 28-yard field goal. Cierre Wood broke through and went virtually untouched for a 62-yard touchdown.

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