Sept. 19, 2015
| #8 NOTRE DAME 30, #14 GEORGIA TECH 22|
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19 ● SOUTH BEND, IND. ● NOTRE DAME STADIUM (80,795)
FINAL STATS | QUOTES | NOTES | PHOTOS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – No. 14 Georgia Tech got a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns from Patrick Skov as the Yellow Jackets rallied on the road at No. 8 Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish held on for a 30-22 victory Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
Skov scored his second of three touchdowns by rushing in from 24 yards with 48 seconds left and the ensuing two-point conversion was successful to pull the Yellow Jackets within 30-15 with 48 seconds remaining. Tech recovered the on-sides kick and punched in another score three plays later when Justin Thomas hit Skov for a 15-yard TD catch, making it 30-23.
‘Clearly we were disappointed with the way we played,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. ”You have to give Notre Dame credit. Their kids showed up, played hard.”
The Yellow Jackets were unable to recover another on-side kick and Notre Dame melted away the final 22 seconds to secure the win.
”I don’t really know what was going on upfront. There wasn’t a lot of room,” he said. ”We got tested.”
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) entered the game as the nation’s leader with 457.5 rushing yards through two games. Tech extended the nation’s top streak to 17 consecutive games with 200+ yards on the ground, but its streak of 250+ yard games was snapped at 15.
Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise’s 91-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter did more than set a Notre Dame Stadium record, it ended up as the winning score for the Fighting Irish.
The longest run in stadium history put the Irish up by 23 points in the fourth quarter, but No. 14 Georgia Tech rallied in the final minute before Notre Dame held on for a 30-22 win.
Prosise finished with 198 yards and three touchdowns and Will Fuller caught a 46-yard pass from DeShone Kizer for a TD.
Fuller, who has five touchdown catches through three games, became the first Irish player to have three straight 100-yard receiving games to open a season since Tom Gatewood in 1970.
Kizer was 21 of 30 for 242 yards in his first start, and also had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Georgia Tech cornerback D.J. White.
Notre Dame is 3-0 for the third time in the past four seasons. Georgia Tech (2-1) fell to 0-11-1 against Notre Dame teams ranked in the top 10.
Justin Thomas threw a pair of touchdowns and was 8 of 24 for 121 yards.