Notre Dame collapses in Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State
Notre Dame fell 37-35 to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
It was a second-half collapse for the Fighting Irish, who held a 28-7 lead over Oklahoma State late in the first half. The Cowboys didn’t allow any Notre Dame points until the game was out of reach late in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame’s halftime lead quickly evaporated. Oklahoma State out-scored Notre Dame 17-0 in the third quarter, out-gaining the Fighting Irish 200-52 during that time.
Things only marginally improved for Notre Dame in the final stanza. However, a Jack Coan interception and a turnover-on-downs put Oklahoma State in position to take a two-score lead in the final minutes.
Coan set the Notre Dame record for pass attempts in a single game with 68. He was mostly productive with his opportunities, throwing for 509 yards and 5 touchdowns. However, the vast majority of that production came in the first half.
Notre Dame slips to 11-2 on the season and has still not won a major bowl game since winning the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1994.