Everett Golson was having one of the worst days of his college career, losing an interception and fumbling once in the rain, and Notre Dame gave up a late touchdown to Stanford and trailed, 14-10 with less than two minutes left.
The way the college football playoff is set up, Notre Dame needed a win here, and then to beat either Florida State or USC – or both, obviously – to get in the discussion.
And Golson delivered. On 4th and 11, with the game on the line, Golson fired a 28-yard touchdown strike to tight end Ben Koyack in the corner of the end zone and the Irish held on for a season-saving 17-14 win.
With other chaos happening in college football this weekend – No. 2 Oregon lost, No. 3 Alabama went down, No. 6 Texas A&M was drubbed, No. 4 Oklahoma was in deep trouble against TCU – Notre Dame is in a terrific spot to sneak into the college football playoff.