In a game that had more swerves than a week of “The Young and the Restless,” the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played great, built a a huge lead, blew it, almost fumbled away the chance to win it in regulation and then did kick the game winning field goal to defeat Miami 30-27 Saturday evening in South Bend.
The Irish built a 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter, as QB DeShone Kizer threw 2 early TD’s (one above to Torri Hunter, Jr.) and it looked like it would be an easy win.
But, Miami, who had lost three straight, came roaring back in the second half to score 20 unanswered and take the lead 27-20. The big moment was a fumbled punt by Notre Dame which led to the tying points
But, RB Josh Adams scored a critical tying TD on a 41 yard run to re-tie the game at 27, which set the stage for the dramatic end.
Notre Dame moved into easy FG range with under a minute to go but fumbled on a completion to TE Durham Smythe inside the Miami five yard line. The Canes looked like they had the recovery, but somehow Kizer dove into the fray and got the recovery to keep the ball.
Then, the Irish bled the clock and Justin Yoon kicked his third field goal of the game with 30 seconds left to give Notre Dame the win.
The Canes desperate final drive in the final 25 seconds ended near midfield when QB Brad Kayaa was sacked and time ran out.
Kaaya for his part finished with 288 yards 1 TD and 1 INT, but it wasn’t enough.
Miami drops to 4-4 with the fourth straight loss. Notre Dame desperately needed the win to get to 3-5.