GAMEDAY College Football

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State 37, Notre Dame 35

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Spencer Sanders accounted for 496 yards and threw three of his four touchdown passes to Ty Martin, and No. 9 Oklahoma State overcame a 21-point deficit to beat No. 5 Notre Dame 37-35 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Oklahoma State (12-2, No. 9 CFP) came up inches short of securing a College Football Playoff spot in a loss to No. 6 Baylor at the Big 12 title game and fell into 21-point, first-half hole against Notre Dame (11-2, No. 5 CFP).

Jack Coan led Notre Dame's early charge while throwing for a Fiesta Bowl-record 509 yards and five touchdowns.

Sanders and Martin brought the Cowboys back.

Sanders, who had a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Bray in the first quarter, cut Notre Dame's lead to 28-14 with a 9-yard scoring pass to Martin with 37 seconds left in the first half. The pair connected for two more touchdowns, from 5 and 8 yards, to tie the game, and the Cowboys went up 34-28 on two field goals by Tanner Brown.

Coan threw a 25-yard TD pass to Austin with 1:05 left to pull Notre Dame within two, but Oklahoma State recovered the onside kick to keep the Irish winless in major bowl games since the 1993 Cotton Bowl under Lou Holtz.

Sanders threw for 371 yards on 34-of-51 passing and ran for 125 yards.

The Irish appeared to be headed toward a rousing start to the Marcus Freeman era, building a 28-7 lead behind Coan. Notre Dame's senior quarterback threw for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, including two to tight end Michael Mayer.

But the Irish looked like they were floundering in the desert sand throughout the second half.

Oklahoma State ramped up the pressure on Coan and shut down Notre Dame's offense while its offense was revving up.

Notre Dame finally got something going midway through the fourth quarter, but Malcolm Rodriguez stepped in front of Kevin Austin for an interception at the Cowboys' 18-yard line.

Coan finished 38 for 68.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OkStND
ND TD 13:21 Lorenzo Styles Jr. 29 yard TD pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 0 7
ND TD 7:05 Chris Tyree 53 yard TD pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 0 14
OkSt TD 1:46 Jaden Bray 9 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter OkStND
ND TD 11:04 Michael Mayer 16 yard TD pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 7 21
ND TD 1:16 Michael Mayer 7 yard TD pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 7 28
OkSt TD 0:37 Tay Martin 9 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 14 28
Third Quarter OkStND
OkSt TD 10:52 Tay Martin 5 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 21 28
OkSt TD 2:47 Tay Martin 8 yard TD pass from Spencer Sanders (Tanner Brown Extra Point) 28 28
OkSt FG 0:06 Tanner Brown 38 yard field goal 31 28
Fourth Quarter OkStND
OkSt FG 9:07 Tanner Brown 41 yard field goal 34 28
OkSt FG 2:16 Tanner Brown 25 yard field goal 37 28
ND TD 1:05 Kevin Austin Jr. 25 yard TD pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer Extra Point) 37 35
Team Stats
  Oklahoma State Notre Dame
First downs 34 27
  Rushing 14 1
  Passing 19 24
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 11-20, 55%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 43-235 21-42
Passing Yards 370 509
Return Yards 37 53
Completions-Attempts-Int 35-52-0 38-68-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-11 2-10
Punts 6 7
Fumbles Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties - Yards 4-45 5-45
Oklahoma State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Sanders 35 52 370 4 0
Notre Dame Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Coan 38 68 509 5 1
Oklahoma State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Sanders 17 125 7.4 0
J. Warren 19 83 4.4 0
L. Brown 3 27 9.0 0
B. Presley 1 4 4.0 0
D. Richardson 1 3 3.0 0
Notre Dame Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Diggs 9 29 3.2 0
C. Tyree 6 18 3.0 0
B. Lenzy 1 0 0.0 0
A. Estime 1 -1 -1.0 0
J. Coan 4 -4 -1.0 0
Oklahoma State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Presley 10 137 13.7 0
T. Martin 10 104 10.4 3
J. Richardson 5 41 8.2 0
J. Warren 6 34 5.7 0
R. Owens 1 25 25.0 0
B. Green 1 17 17.0 0
J. Bray 1 9 9.0 1
L. Brown 1 3 3.0 0
Notre Dame Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Styles Jr. 8 136 17.0 1
C. Tyree 6 115 19.2 1
K. Austin Jr. 6 105 17.5 1
M. Mayer 7 72 10.3 2
B. Lenzy 7 60 8.6 0
L. Diggs 4 21 5.3 0
Oklahoma State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Rodriguez 1 11
Notre Dame Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oklahoma State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Hutton 6 271 45.2
Notre Dame Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bramblett 7 291 41.6
Oklahoma State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Notre Dame Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Salerno 4 9 2.3
Oklahoma State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Presley 2 26 13.0
J. Taylor II 1 0 0
Notre Dame Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Tyree 2 44 22.0
Oklahoma State Missed FG
Player Length
T. Brown 48
Notre Dame Missed FG
Player Length
J. Doerer 41




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