Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and rushed one yard for a touchdown as the University of Notre Dame tallied its eighth straight college football victory with a 30-13 win over the University of Oklahoma.
Golson returned to his quarterbacking duties for the team after sitting out last week’s game with a concussion.
“What we’d been hearing was a lot of people didn’t think we could win this game,” Golson told reporters. “That kind of just added that fuel to my fire that was already burning. We just wanted to come out and show them that we can.”
In other games involving teams that are Bowl Championship Series-ranked, it was No. 1 Alabama 38, No. 11 Mississippi State 7; No. 10 Georgia 17, No. 2 Florida 9; No. 3 Kansas State 55, No. 14 Texas Tech 24; No. 4 Oregon 70, Colorado 14; Arizona 39, No 9. Southern California 36; and Kent State 35, No. 15 Rutgers 23.
At Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Cierre Wood rushed 62 yards for a touchdown and Theo Riddick went 15 yards for a score, while Kyle Brindza kicked three field goals for the No. 5 Fighting Irish (8-0).
Michael Hunnicutt kicked two field goals for the No. 8 Sooners (5-2) and Blake Bell tied the score at 13-13 on a one- yard run with nine minutes left in the game.
Landry Jones completed 35 of 51 passing attempts for 356 yards and one interception for Oklahoma, a member of the Big 12 Conference.
“We came on the road against a very tough opponent,” Kent State coach Darrell Hazell told reporters. “We made enough plays early in the game to keep those guys off balance. Rutgers kept fighting back, and our guys kept fighting them off.”
Spencer Keith gave Kent State a 7-3 lead in the first quarter with a one-yard scoring pass to Zack Hitchens after Rutgers (7-1, 4-0 Big East) had scored on a 42-yard field goal by Nick Borgese.
Mark Fackler scored on a 25-yard interception and Dri Archer had a seven-yard touchdown run for Kent State before Rutgers’ Gary Nova threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Tim Wright with four seconds left in the half to trail 21-10.
In the second half, Trayion Durham scored on a three-yard run and Keith connected with Josh Boyle on a 15-yard pass for Kent State. Nova hit Brandon Coleman for a 24-yard pass and Jawan Jamison added a touchdown on a two-yard run for Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights still have a chance to win the Big East.
“There’s a goal that is in front of us that’s never been done at Rutgers, the Big East championship,” coach Kyle Flood told reporters. “We have an opportunity sitting in conference play to be able to do that over the last three games of our season. That will be conference games. I think we’ll be very motivated, there’s no doubt about that.”
In the final three games of the season, Rutgers will play Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1), Pittsburgh (4-4, 1-3) and No. 16 Louisville (8-0, 3-0).
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