Week 8 Opponent Recaps

Notre Dame's schedule moved to 10 games above .500 (48-38) with a handful of close wins this weekend. Six of the 12 teams on the Irish schedule played in a game decided by seven points or less this week, including BYU's 17-14 loss to the Irish.

Oklahoma's Landry Jones didn't wait long after beating Kansas to look toward the game against No. 5 Notre Dame.

Navy (4-3)
For the first time in 33 years, Navy beat a Big Ten team this weekend, scoring late in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 31-30. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds completed eight passes in his second career start. His last pass was a four-yard touchdown to Matt Aiken with a little more than two minutes left in the game. The Midshipmen split 257 rushing yards among five runners en route to their third straight win.

Purdue (3-4)
Danny Hope and his crew are still in search of their first conference win after a deflating 29-22 overtime loss to Ohio State. Buckeye backup Kenny Guiton converted a last-second touchdown pass and a two-point conversion in relief on an injured Braxton Miller to force overtime. Caleb TerBush threw for 230 yards and two scores — one for 83 yards on the first play of the game — but could not move the chains in overtime.

Michigan State (4-4)
The Spartans lost another heartbreaker on Saturday. One week removed from a 19-16 overtime loss to Iowa, Michigan State came up on the wrong end up a last second field goal against in-state rival Michigan in a 12-10 loss. Le’Veon Bell ran for only 68 yards on his 26 carries. The Spartans successfully faked a punt, which led to a field goal and a 10-9 lead late in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t hold off the Wolverines.

Michigan (5-2)
Brendan Gibbons’ 38-yard field goal gave No. 23 Michigan its first win over the Spartans in five years and its 900th program victory. Gibbons and Matt Wile combined to kick four field goals at the Big House to salvage an otherwise slow offensive day for the Wolverines. They are now 5-2 on the season and alone in first place of the Big Ten’s Legends Division.

Miami (4-4)
The Hurricanes gave No. 14 Florida State an early scare but ultimately faded away in a 33-20 loss. They scored the first 10 points of the game, but netted only two more rushing yards in the rest of the game after those initial scoring drives. Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman ran for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to help Florida State pull away with a win.

Stanford (5-2)
The Cardinal defense allowed a grand total of three rushing yards against Cal in a 21-3 rivalry win. Stepfan Taylor had a career high 189 rushing yards and both of Stanford’s talented tight ends (Levine Toilolo and Zach Ertz) caught touchdown passes in the winning effort. Cal converted only one of its 14 third down attempts and settled for a single field goal in the second quarter.

Brigham Young (4-4)
The Cougars found the first cracks in Notre Dame’s red zone defense in a month’s time, but came up just short in a 17-14 loss in South Bend. Riley Nelson threw for 177 yards and a pair of short touchdowns to take a halftime lead over No. 5 Notre Dame. The Irish running game powered through to take the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma (5-1)
The eighth-ranked Sooners warmed up to host Notre Dame by putting a whooping on former Irish coach Charlie Weis and his Kansas Jayhawks. Oklahoma returned a kick and a punt for touchdowns. Landry Jones had two touchdowns passes and 291 yards before quickly turning his attention to the Irish after Saturday’s win.
“This one has not necessarily been marked on our calendar, but we have all been looking forward to it,” he said in a postgame interview about the impending visit from Notre Dame.

Pittsburgh (3-4)
Pitt snapped a losing skid with a 20-6 win over Buffalo at home Saturday. Freshman Rushel Shell and senior Ray Graham each scored a touchdown and combined for 109 yards rushing against the Bulls on a rainy day in Pittsburgh. Tino Sunseri completed nine of his 17 pass attempts for 128 yards.

Boston College (1-6)
Georgia Tech scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to gain separation from Boston College on its ways to a 37-17 win. The Eagles defense continued its weekly struggles, giving up 391 rushing yard to Paul Johnson’s triple option look. Andre Williams for a team-high 51 yards for Boston College.

Wake Forest (4-3)
In another field goal battle this weekend, Wake Forest made two more tha Virginia and beat the Cavaliers 16-10. Turnovers and special teams mistakes kept Virginia from any second half comebacks.

Southern California (6-1)
Matt Barkley set a Pac-12 career touchdown passes record while throwing six of them against a helpless Colorado team Saturday night. Barkley completed 19 of his 20 passing attempts against the Buffaloes during a 50-6 blowout win.

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