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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Everett Golson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koyack in the corner of the end zone with 61 seconds left as No. 9 Notre Dame overcame two turnovers and two bungled snaps on field goal attempts on a cold, rainy Saturday to beat No. 14 Stanford 17-14.
Koyack was alone in the corner and Golson almost didn't find him in time. But Koyack caught the pass as he fell out of bounds and safety Jordan Richards dove to try to break it up on Notre Dame's last chance on fourth-and-11.
The Fighting Irish improved to 5-0 for just the third time since Lou Holtz left in 1996. The Cardinal (3-2) have two losses this early in the season for the first time since 2008.
Golson also threw a 17-yard TD pass and Notre Dame amassed 370 yards of total offense against the nation's top defense.