Ohio State rallies to top Notre Dame in season opener

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Sep. 4—COLMBUS — Ohio State trailed until late in the third quarter but beat Notre Dame 21-10 with 14 unanswered points Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.

Down 10-7 at halftime against the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish, No. 2 Ohio State retook the lead late in the third quarter with a 10-play, 70-yard drive.

C.J. Stroud capped it when he stood in the pocket and took a hit but delivered a ball down the middle to Xavier Johnson for a 24-yard score that made it 14-10 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

The defense forced a punt on the ensuing Notre Dame drive, and the offense went to work with a grinding 95-yard drive that bled 7:06 off the clock.

Miyan Williams finished it with a 2-yard run over left guard, giving Ohio State a 21-10 lead with 4:51 left, and Ohio State ran out the clock after the defense forced another Notre Dame punt.

Williams finished with 84 yards rushing on 14 carries while TreVeyon Henderson added 91 yards on 15 carries.

Ohio State beat Notre Dame for the fifth consecutive time and improved to 5-2 in the series.

FIRST HALF RECAP

Notre Dame used a big play and a long drive to forge a three-point halftime lead at Ohio State on Saturday night.

The fifth-ranked Fighting Irish struck first with a 33-yard field goal by Blake Grupe that was set up by a 54-yard catch-and-run pass play from Tyler Buchner to Lorenzo Styles Jr. on the first play from scrimmage.

Ohio State responded with a 31-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud to Emeka Egbuka, who had a man near him but hauled in a rope from Stroud and scampered into the end zone.

The Fighting Irish answered with an 87-yard drive that included 10 plays and took 5:10 off the clock.

Audric Estime finished the drive by diving in from a yard out, capping a drive that included a pair of third down conversions.

Ohio State had a chance to tie the game with :40 seconds left in the second quarter, but Noah Ruggles' 39-yard field goal went wide left.

Buchner completed his first eight passes and finished the half 8 for 10 for 128 yards.

Stroud was 11 for 17 for 99 yards while running backs Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson combined for 56 yards on nine carries.