SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Chip Trayanum plunged across the goal line from a yard out with one second left and No. 6 Ohio State beat No. 9 Notre Dame 17-14 on Saturday night.
Trayanum’s score capped a gutty game-winning drive by Kyle McCord and the Buckeyes that included a fourth-down conversion and a third-and-19 completion that got Ohio State to the Notre Dame 1 with time for two plays.
After an incomplete pass on first down, the Buckeyes went to a running play with three seconds left to take advantage of an overloaded defense to one side and what appeared to be only 10 defenders on the field for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame (4-1) took the lead when Sam Hartman threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Rico Flores Jr. with 8:22 to go to make it 14-10. The Fighting Irish defense came up with a fourth-down stop on its 11-yard line on the next drive.
But the defense couldn’t come up with a second defensive stop. Notre Dame still hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 1936.
Ohio State appeared to have taken control when the Buckeyes stopped Hartman on fourth-and-1, and on the next play, Marvin Harrison Jr.‘s block sprung TreVeyon Henderson for a 61-yard sprint down the sideline to make it 10-0 early in the third quarter.
The Irish finally got on the board when running back Gi’Bran Payne took a direct snap and scored on a 1-yard run. Hartman then capped a 96-yard TD drive with the TD pass to Flores.
McCord took his biggest step forward yet Saturday by leading the Buckeyes to victory. Ohio State needs him to play the way he did on the final series.
McCord finished 21-for-37 for 240 yards and Henderson ran for 104 yards.