Notre Dame edges Mi­ami on late field goal

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tom Coyne The As­so­ci­ated Press

DeShone Kizer was run­ning to cel­e­brate what he hoped would be the game-win­ning touch­down when he found him­self grap­pling in a pile of bod­ies try­ing to re­cover a fum­ble with the score tied and two min­utes left.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound ju­nior some­how mus­cled his way to the ball af­ter tight end Durham Smythe fum­bled near the goal line, al­low­ing Notre Dame to keep pos­ses­sion so Justin Yoon could kick a 23-yard field goal with 30 sec­onds left to give the Ir­ish a 30-27 vic­tory over Mi­ami on Satur­day.

“One of the things I was look­ing for from him wasn’t whether he could run an­other dig route. We needed some more tough­ness from him, some men­tal tough­ness,” coach Brian Kelly said. “That’s an in­di­ca­tion. He was not go­ing to be de­nied. He was go­ing to find a way to get that foot­ball.”

Kizer didn’t sound as though he had a strong grasp of the ball, say­ing a Mi­ami player was kick­ing it as he tried to get a grip.

“The refs came in and started yelling white and then I heard one blue and as soon as I heard one blue I let go of the ball to al­low them to not see any­more. Be­cause ob­vi­ously that guy had one leg, all 10 fingers and maybe his chin on the ball,” Kizer said.

The vic­tory ended a three­game los­ing home streak for the Ir­ish (3-5), who ral­lied back af­ter squan­der­ing a 20-point lead.

Notre Dame out­gained Mi­ami 143-2 in to­tal yards in jump­ing to a 17-0 lead in the first quar­ter and ex­tended the lead to 20-0 early in the sec­ond quar­ter. But spe­cial teams turned it around for Mi­ami.

It be­gan when Travis Homer re­cov­ered a punt af­ter it bounced off Notre Dame’s Tony Pride Jr. and the Hur­ri­canes scored four plays later on a 2-yard touch­down pass from Brad Kaaya to David Njoku.

Mi­ami scored on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half and con­tin­ued to rally.

“Ev­ery­one just let it cut loose at all po­si­tions,” Kaaya said. “The o-line played a lit­tle bit bet­ter and we were able to run the ball a lit­tle bit bet­ter, and that opened things up for me. We made good plays and guys fi­nally woke up.”

The Hur­ri­canes capped the 27-0 run when Mi­ami’s Michael Jack­son re­cov­ered a botched punt in the end zone for the go-ahead touch­down with 6:49 left. But the Hur­ri­canes (4-4) couldn’t fin­ish it off.

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