(Saturday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Notre Dame 37, Washington 30 (OT)
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Robert Hughes scored on a one-yard run in overtime to give the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a thrilling 37-30 victory over the Washington Huskies in a non-conference affair at Notre Dame Stadium.
Fighting Irish signal-caller Jimmy Clausen completed 23-of-31 passes for 422 yards and a pair of scores to lead Notre Dame (4-1) in the win and Golden Tate hauled in nine catches for a whopping 244 yards and a touchdown as well for the Irish.
Jake Locker threw for 281 yards and a touchdown to lead Washington (2-3) in the losing effort, while Chris Polk gained 136 yards on the ground for the Huskies. Jermaine Kearse grabbed eight catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
A five-yard Locker run early in the opening period gave Washington a 7-0 advantage.
But the Irish responded midway through the frame with a 34-yard Nick Tausch field goal.
Tausch connected on kicks from 40 and 34 yards again in the second period to give the Irish a 9-7 lead. A Clausen fumble was returned by Desmond Trufant late in the frame for a 17-yard score to give the advantage back to Washington, 14-9.
Clausen responded just over a minute later, finding Tate for 67-yard score.
The Huskies added a 40-yard Erik Folk field goal as time expired in the half to take a 17-16 lead into the break.
A 21-yard kick by Tausch early in the third period reclaimed the lead for the Irish, 19-17.
But an eight-yard TD toss from Locker to Kearse midway through the frame put the Huskies back on top, 24-19.
The Irish added a 24-yard Tausch field goal early in the final period of play.
Washington responded with a field goal of its own with just over three minutes to play, a 24-yard effort by Folk.
The Irish found the end zone with under two minutes to play, the result of a 12-yard toss from Clausen to Kyle Rudolph to take a 30-27 lead, but Washington responded with a 37-yard Folk kick as time expired to send the meeting into overtime.
The one-yard plunge by Hughes in the extra frame secured the 37-30 Irish win.
Notre Dame picked up the victory despite converting just 2-of-10 on third down.
10/03 20:35:59 ET