October 5, 2013 - Kicking the Record

A week after scoring more points against Southern Cal than any other opponent (a 62-41 victory), Arizona State flew to the Dallas Cowboys' stadium to meet the Fighting Irish in the latest edition of the Shamrock Series. Meanwhile, Notre Dame was coming off a loss against Oklahoma (only the second all time) and with a 3-2 record as October began. Coming out in all white, Notre Dame would prove victorious and stay perfect in Shamrock Series games.

Once again, Notre Dame would start with the ball and have no points to show for it. After a 58 yard drive, Kyle Brindza missed a 38 yard field goal. After the first quarter, the game was scoreless but Arizona State would put points on the board first to take a 6-0 lead after two field goals. A couple drives later, Rees would be 4-6 for 66 yards capped by a touchdown pass to Ben Koyack. This reception would be Koyack's first career touchdown. Arizona State immediately answered with another touchdown to retake the lead. With 1:30 left in the half, ND would travel 71 yards in 8 plays and end with a touchdown pass to TJ Jones to go into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.

The third quarter would be all Irish. The first Notre Dame drive saw Kyle Brindza kick a record-tying 53 yard field goal. With the game being played in a dome, the kick would have been good from 63 yards. Partway through the quarter, Bennett Jackson would force and recover a fumble at the ASU 21. Two plays later, Troy Niklas caught a 21 yard touchdown pass. Notre Dame now led 24-13 as the fourth quarter started.

The fourth quarter is when things became interesting. The first play of the quarter saw Rees throw an interception that was immediately returned for a touchdown. ND 24-20. Brindza would kick a 33yd field goal. ND 27-20. The next drive ASU would convert a 3rd & 20 and score a touchdown three plays later. Tie game 27-27. The next drive Brindza would convert his third field goal of the day, a 25 yarder to give ND a 30-27 lead with three minutes remaining. The next drive, on 4th down Matthias Farley would intercept the ASU pass at midfield (one can argue that Farley should have more smartly batted the ball down so the offense would start at the ASU 22). ND would be forced to punt and Arizona State started at their own 1 yard line with 1:16 left in the game. One play later, Dan Fox would intercept the pass and return it 14 yards for a touchdown ending with a leap. Notre Dame now was up 10 with 1:16 to go. (There are arguments both ways whether Fox should have scored to go up 10 or take a knee and end the game. It's hard to not score on defense when you can walk free into the end zone.) The defense would appear to now be on a mental victory lap as Arizona St. easily went 75 yards for a touchdown. With 11 seconds to go, ASU lined up for an on-side kick down three, and almost recovered it. Despite some potential end game mismanagement, Notre Dame held on to win.

         1  2  3  4   F
#22 ASU  0 13  0 21  34
    ND   0 14 10 13  37

Now four weeks later, this victory continues to look better and better. In Arizona State's last five games, they have gone 4-1. The scores of those games? ASU 62-USC 41. ND 37-ASU 34. ASU 54-CU 13. ASU 53-UW 24. ASU 55-WSU 21.

When Kyle Brindza kicked the 53 yard field goal, he tied Notre Dame's longest made field goal. He also set the stadium record for longest field goal and tied the NCAA record for longest field goal. Here are the Notre Dame record field goals:

  1. 53 yards - Kyle Brindza vs Arizona State (10/05/2013)
    53 yards - Dave Reeve vs Pittsburgh (09/11/1976)
  2. 52 yards - Kyle Brindza vs Southern Cal (11/24/2012)
  3. 51 yards - Kyle Brindza vs Brigham Young (11/23/2013)
    51 yards - Kyle Brindza vs Air Force (10/26/2013)
    51 yards - Dave Reeve vs Michigan State (10/01/1977)
  4. 50 yards - Harry Oliver vs Michigan (09/29/1980)

Keywords: football, arizona state, shamrock series, texas, dallas cowboys, cowboys stadium, kyle brindza, dave reeve, pittsburgh, michigan, record, field goal, air force, southern cal, tommy rees, ben koyack, tj jones, bennett jackson, matthias farley, dan fox

Posted On: 2013-11-05 00:15:03 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2014-09-15 06:22:19 by IrishTrpt07


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