Notre Dame falls to Ohio State

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Notre Dame fell be­hind early and never could catch up with pow­er­ful Ohio State.

The re­sult was yet an­other ma­jor bowl de­feat for the Ir­ish, 44-28 to the Buck­eyes in the Fi­esta Bowl on Fri­day.

Ohio State (12-1) scored touch­downs the first two times they had the ball.

The game started at 11 a.m., lo­cal time, and the Ir­ish were slow to wake up. They were score­less in the first quar­ter for the first time all sea­son.

“Ob­vi­ously their first se­ries was out­stand­ing. They ran the ball ef­fec­tively right down the field,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. “So I just think that they ex­e­cuted very well early on. It was the dif­fer­ence in the game really, those 14 points early. We had to play catch-up from there.”

The score reached 28-7 but No. 8 Notre Dame (10-3) climbed back into it with a touch­down late in the first half and an­other in the third quar­ter, a 4-yard scor­ing pass from DeShone Kizer to Chris Brown to cut sev­enth-ranked Ohio State's lead to 28-21 with 8:58 still to go.

Ezekiel El­liott ended that threat by run­ning up the mid­dle on a 47-yard touch­down run, one of his four TDs for the day, and the Ir­ish never got it to sin­gle dig­its again.

Notre Dame, for all its na­tional foot­ball no­to­ri­ety, has gone 22 years with­out a ma­jor bowl vic­tory. The Ir­ish are 0-7 in those big games since beat­ing Texas A&M in the 1993 Cot­ton Bowl.

Notre Dame gave up 82 points in its two losses this sea­son - to Stan­ford and Ohio State. The 44 al­lowed Fri­day were the most they gave up all sea­son.

Kelly, though, said his team in headed in the right di­rec­tion.

“I like where we are,” he said. “We're go­ing to keep bang­ing at the door. Keep play­ing Ohio State, keep play­ing Florida State, keep play­ing Alabama, keep play­ing th­ese teams in th­ese kinds of venues, in th­ese kinds of games.”

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