October 3, 2009 - Golden Tate flips over for overtime

Notre Dame Washington 2009 ProgramIn the first game against Washington since the Ty-Bowl Era, Notre Dame was 3-1 yet unranked coming in against a 2-2 Washington team. The game started off looking like it would go Notre Dame's way with an apparent fumble recover. The player would be ruled down but the Irish defense was setting the tone early. Washington would score first on a touchdown by Jake Locker. On the next drive, Jimmy Clausen would lead the team down the field. With the drive stalling inside the red zone, Nick Tausch would successfully make his first field goal of 34 yards. The offense would be unable to punch it into the end zone into the second quarter, but with Tausch kicking field goals of 40 and 34 yards combined with the defense holding Notre Dame would take their first lead 9-7.

Notre Dame would get the ball back from Washington on a punt and Clausen would throw a swing pass to Armando Allen that Allen did not catch. Unfortunately for everyone Irish, the not caught pass was a backwards pass and hence a fumble. Washington scooped it up for a touchdown and retook the lead 14-9. Not to be outdone, Clausen hit a streaking Golden Tate for a 67 yard touchdown pass and with that Notre Dame was back on top 16-14. But as time expired in the half, Washington would connect on a 40 yard field goal leading 17-16 at halftime.

Notre Dame goal line stop of WashingtonOn the first drive of the third quarter, the Irish offense would again stall and Tausch made his fourth field goal, this time from 24 yards. With the fifth lead change of the game, Notre Dame now led 19-17. Washington would score another touchdown to go up 24-19 but the defense was beginning to have enough. In the final minute of the third quarter, Washington would line up at the one yard line on third-and-goal. On both third and fourth down the defense would hold and prevent the score. The goal line stand was a huge boost of momentum as rain continued to fall. The next drive Clausen would throw to Tate again for a 77 yard completion that Tate ran to the opposing two yard line. But, as the trend had been all day, the offense couldn't punch it in and Tausch made his fifth field goal of the day, this one from 24 yards out. Due to the defense stopping Washington at the other end of the field, Notre Dame now trailed 24-22.

With the fourth quarter continuing on, the defense once again was backed up at their own end zone. At the half yard line, the defense would stand strong and deliver another goal line stand to keep Washington from putting another six on the board. On the ensuing field goal, Ian Williams would be flagged for roughing the snapper (what?!) and Washington got a fresh set of downs. This seemed to just rally the defense further as once again they had a now third goal line stand and would not let the Huskies get a touchdown. Holding them to only a field goal, Washington led 27-22 with three minutes remaining and a chance remaining for the Irish. Notre Dame marched down the field and scored the go ahead touchdown for the seventh lead change of the game. The direct snap to Robert Hughes would result in a successful two point conversion and Notre Dame led 30-27 with a minute remaining.

Golden Tate upside downGolden Tate upside downOn the next Washington drive, it would seem that Notre Dame had the game winning interception but it was determined to hit the ground first. Washington was able to get a field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime. On the first play of overtime, Golden Tate would catch a 22 yard pass. While running after the pass, he would attempt to leap over the defender but got turned around while in the air. His acrobatics resulted in an almost complete front flip and the pictures to the right. Robert Hughes would score from the one yard line and Notre Dame now led 37-30. The defense came through on Washington's turn. A nine yard sack forced them into a 4th-and-19 situation. The pass would be broken up and Notre Dame finally won an overtime game.

           1  2 3  4 OT   F 
Washington 7 10 7  6  0 - 30
Notre Dame 3 13 3 11  7 - 37

The win over Washington was the eighth victory for Notre Dame in eight tries. This record, 8-0-0, is the most wins without losses or ties against any opponent. Notre Dame is also 8-0-0 against Tulane (last meeting 1971), Drake (1937) and DePauw (1922). It also snapped a three game losing streak in overtime games. The prior three overtime games were losses to Pittsburgh in 4OT (2008), Navy in 3OT (2007), and Michigan State OT (2005). Further, this game was the fourth straight game of 2009 that was decided in the final 60 seconds. Luckily the last three had resulted in Irish victories.

Nick Tausch would tie the Notre Dame record of five field goals made in one game. Tausch made field goals of 34, 40, 34, 21 and 24 yards. Along with the two extra points, he was responsible for 17 of Notre Dame's points. Golden Tate also had a career high game of 244 receiving yards on only 9 catches (27.1 avg) and one touchdown.

Keywords: football, washington, golden tate, tyrone willingham, tulane, drake, depauw, pittsburgh, navy, michigan state, nick tausch, jimmy clausen, armando allen, record, robert hughes, overtime, charlie weis

Posted On: 2011-10-03 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07


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