Marshall upsets No. 8 Notre Dame; Freeman to 0-3 for Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Steven Gilmore returned an interception 37 yards for a landing late within the fourth quarter and Khalan Labron ran for 163 yards as Marshall shocked No. 8 Notre Dame 26-21 Saturday, making Marcus Freeman the primary Fighting Irish coach to lose his first three video games.
Gilmore, the brother of Stephon Gilmore of the Indianapolis Colts, picked off a go by Tyler Buchner with 4:35 left, raced to the top zone after which jumped into the stands the place Marshall followers have been already celebrating the victory.
Marshall (2-0), the primary Sun Belt Conference group to play at Notre Dame Stadium, beat a group ranked within the prime 10 for simply the second time in class historical past. The Thundering Herd beat No. 6 Kansas State 27-20 in 2003.
Freeman, the 36-yeard-old first-time head coach who was promoted after Brian Kelly left for LSU, had misplaced a bowl sport to Oklahoma State and at Ohio State final week. This one will go down a lot in another way to hopeful Notre Dame followers.
The Irish had a streak of 42 straight wins in opposition to unranked opponents snapped.
The Herd took a 19-15 lead with 5:16 remaining when Henry Colombi accomplished a 3-yard landing go to Devin Miller. The rating was arrange by a 42-yard run by Laborn, who broke a sort out on the line of scrimmage and juked Irish security Brandon Joseph earlier than breaking free.
Any hope for a comeback by the Irish (0-2) ended when Owen Porter intercepted a go by backup Irish quarterback Drew Pyne with three minutes remaining. Pyne threw a TD go with 14 second left to chop the result in 5 factors.
Colombi was 16-of-21 passing for 145 yards and the Thundering Herd rushed for 221 yards on 49 carries.
The Irish, who struggled offensively every week earlier in a 21-10 loss to Ohio State with a play-it-safe, ball-control sport plan, opened the playbook in opposition to the Herd however nonetheless struggled to get a lot going.
Buchner was 18-of-32 passing for 201 yards with two interceptions. Buchner additionally led the Irish in dashing with 44 yards on 13 carries, Michael Mayer had eight catches for 103 yards.
The Irish grabbed a 15-12 lead early within the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run up by Buchner. He then stored it and ran large proper for the 2-point conversion. But the Irish could not mount a lot of an offense after that.
Two performs with a bit of over eight minutes left within the third quarter epitomized Notre Dame’s struggles. On third-and-2 from the Notre Dame 47, the Irish could not get the primary down on two carries by Audric Estime, arising 6 inches brief as the road could not get a lot push.
That led to a drive by the Thundering Herd, highlighted by a backward go by Colombi to Talik Keaton alongside the left sideline for a 30-yard achieve however the drive stalled after Cam Fancher took over at quarterback for Colombi. Marshall drove to the 4-yard line earlier than settling for a 20-yard subject purpose to go forward 12-7.
Marshall: Second-year coach Charles Huff, a former Alabama and Penn State assistant, assembled a roster heavy on Power Five transfers equivalent to Labron from Florida State for the varsity’s first season within the Sun Belt. It paid off with one of many largest victories in class historical past.
Notre Dame: The Irish offense confirmed it nonetheless has quite a lot of work to do, and the honeymoon interval for Freeman might be over.
The respect the Irish gained by enjoying Ohio State will not be sufficient to beat this poor displaying.
Marshall: The Thundering Herd play at Bowling Green on Saturday, their first assembly since 2010.
Notre Dame: The Irish will put on inexperienced jerseys after they host Cal on Saturday. It would be the first time the Irish have worn inexperienced since 2018. The Irish have been 4-0 sporting inexperienced throughout the Brian Kelly period — and might be seeking to snap a three-game dropping streak in them this time.