The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Oklahoma State Cowboys face off in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
Follow our updates from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona throughout the game below.
Fiesta Bowl First Half Statistics
Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan went 24 for 33 for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, while Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders went 11 for 21 for two touchdowns.
Notre Dame built its lead without any of its running game, the Fighting Irish collected 16 rushing yards in the first half.
Oklahoma State ran for 97 yards in the first two quarters.
The Cowboys went 0 for 6 in the third downs, while the Fighting Irish went 6 for 10.
Notre Dame has a 358-232 advantage in total yards.
Only three penalties were called in the first half.
Notre Dame had the ball for 19:22. The state of Oklahoma had it for 10:38 a.m.
Oklahoma State had a massive touchdown with 37 seconds left in the first half to come close to 28-14.
Tay Martin, who had already suffered some costly losses for Oklahoma State, caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Sanders to give the Cowboys some hope in the game.
It took just four plays and 75 yards for the Cowboys to get into the end zone and shoot with less than two touchdowns at halftime.
Goal: Notre-Dame 28, Oklahoma State 14
Quarterback Jack Coan threw his fourth touchdown pass of the first half – a 7-yard strike to Michael Mayer – to give the Fighting Irish a 28-7 lead with 1:16 left in the first half. time.
The drive from Notre Dame was 4:25 behind and totaled 11 plays and 84 yards.
Coan is 24 of 33 for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.
Goal: Notre-Dame 28, State of Oklahoma 7
Oklahoma State’s next possession stalled after a few drops from wide receiver Tay Martin, one of which bounced off his hands deep into Notre Dame territory, forcing the Cowboys to kick once more.
Oklahoma State’s lack of offensive production put pressure on the team’s defense to keep the game within striking range late in the second quarter.
Note that Dame was unable to increase her subsequent possession lead against Oklahoma State with Jonathan Doerer missing a 41-yard field goal attempt.
The Fighting Irish drive lasted eight games and traveled 47 yards, being two and a half hours behind.
There is now 6:41 am until halftime.
The state of Oklahoma was unable to reduce Notre Dame’s advance this time after a long drive stuck in Notre Dame territory.
The Cowboys’ Tanner Brown missed a field goal 48 yards, keeping the score at 21-7 with 9:11 left in the second quarter.
Oklahoma State had driven nine plays and 45 yards.
After Notre Dame and Oklahoma State traded 3s and outs, Notre Dame added to their lead with a 10 play, 78 yard drive that was 3:43 behind the clock.
Quarterback Jack Coan found Michael Mayer for a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Irish fighters a 21-7 lead over Oklahoma State with 11:04 left in the second quarter.
Coan is 16 for 21 for 238 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
Goal: Notre-Dame 21, State of Oklahoma 7
Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan went 9 for 12 for 163 yards and threw two touchdowns in the first quarter, while Spencer Sanders of Oklahoma State went 6 for 9 for 46 yards and one touchdown.
Notre Dame ran for -3 yards in the first quarter as a team. Oklahoma State ran for 49 yards.
Chris Tyree had four catches for 94 yards and one touchdown for the Fighting Irish. His teammate, Lorenzo Styles Jr., had two catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Jaylen Warren led Oklahoma State with two catches for 29 yards, while Jaden Bray had a catch for nine yards and a touchdown.
Oklahoma State had 3 goals on their next possession after Notre Dame went up 14-0, but the Cowboys reacted in a big way after that.
Their defense held Notre Dame to a 3-and-out on its own, then its offense took over to put the Cowboys on the board, 14-7 with an 8-play, 82-yard practice that ended in a 9-yard pass from Spencer Sanders to Jaden Bray with 1:46 left in the first quarter.
The trip took 2:29 on the clock.
Goal: Notre-Dame 14, State of Oklahoma 7
The Fighting Irish responded on their next possession to take a 14-0 lead in the Fiesta Bowl with a 4-game, 66-yard drive that was 2:08 behind.
The key play was the touchdown play, a pass from Jack Coan to Chris Tyree for 53 yards.
Tyree was wide open in midfield and managed to outrun Oklahoma State defenders to the end zone.
There is 7:05 in the first quarter.
Goal: Notre Dame 14, Oklahoma State 0
Defenses ramp up in the Fiesta Bowl
Since that first touchdown, both defenses have stepped up to slow down the game.
Oklahoma State only gained six yards in its first possession of the game, which lasted just four games.
Notre Dame made a 3-and-out on her subsequent possession before the State of Oklahoma had its own 3-and-out.
Notre Dame took the game’s opening possession for 75 yards in just 1:39 for a scoring touchdown on a 29-yard pass from quarterback Jack Coan to Lorenzo Styles Jr.
Practice only took five games and Notre Dame pitched it every game. Coan went 4-for-5 on opening possession. There is 13:21 in the first quarter.
Goal: Notre-Dame 7, State of Oklahoma 0
The game airs on ESPN with Bob Wischusen on the play-by-play call and Dan Orlovsky as analyst.
We can hear it on the Notre Dame Radio Network and the Cowboy Radio Network.
One group at the Fiesta Bowl
Only one school sent their group to the Fiesta Bowl today: Oklahoma State.
Notre Dame has chosen not to send her group amid rising COVID-19 cases.
Fiesta Bowl Odds: Notre Dame Slightly Favorite Over Oklahoma State
Notre Dame is a 0.5 point favorite in the game.
The Fighting Irish are -105 on the silver line, while the Cowboys are -115.
The over / under of the game is 45.5 points.
You can see their picks and predictions for the game here.
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