#9 Notre Dame loses on final play to #6 Ohio State; head coach Marcus Freeman Post-game Press Conference

By Mariana Smith

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman and Ohio State’s Ryan Day chat before their game on 9 23 2023 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by Matt Cashore, USA Today Sports)

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Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN., sold out for #6 OSU & #9 ND 9 23 2023 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by Matt Cashore, USA Today Sports)

The University of Notre Dame football team (4-1) lost its first game of the year 17-14 to No. 6 Ohio State (4-0) by a single inch, with the Buckeyes powering in a one-yard run that barely touched the end zone with one second remaining in a hard-fought battle.

The Irish took their first lead of the game 14-10 on a Sam Hartman two-yard touchdown pass to Rico Flores Jr. with 8:22 left in the game. A clutch fourth-down stop by the Irish at their own 11-yard line gave the offense the ball back, but Ohio State forced a Notre Dame punt with 1:26 remaining.

The Buckeyes then drove 65 yards in 15 plays earning the winning score with a one-yard touchdown run.

Hartman finished the game 17 of 25 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown. Audric Estimé led the rushing attack with 70 yards while Mitchell Evans led all Irish receivers with a career-best seven catches for 75 yards. On the defensive side, Javonte Jean-Baptiste and JD Bertrand led the effort with eight tackles, respectively.