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Texas beats No. 10 Notre Dame 50-47 in 2OT thriller

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In some versions of a story Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 about a Notre Dame-Texas game, The Associated Press erroneously reported the Irish's deficit in the third quarter. Notre Dame was trailing 31-14, not 31-17.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Texas beats No. 10 Notre Dame 50-47 in 2OT thriller

Tyrone Swoopes scored on a lunging 6-yard touchdown run in the second overtime, giving Texas a 50-47 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday night

By JIM VERTUNO

AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - After two losing seasons and with the pressure of an entire program bearing down, Charlie Strong turned his team over to a freshman quarterback for Texas' opener, something no Longhorns coach had done in more than 70 years.

He even called Shane Buechele's mom the night before to say her son would start against No. 10 Notre Dame. She started crying.

''I told him don't let her down,'' Strong said.

Buechele didn't, and instead delivered big time with 280 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns before Tyrone Swoopes, the senior he beat out for the job, punched in a lunging 6-yard touchdown in the second overtime for a thrilling 50-47 win Sunday night.

''I said a year ago we probably would have lost that football game because we didn't know how to finish,'' Strong said.

Buechele was the first freshman quarterback to start a season-opener at Texas since Bobby Layne in 1944.

''You knew (Buechele) could handle it. You knew the stage wouldn't be too big,'' Strong said.

Yet it was Swoopes who won it in the end. Disappointed not to start, Swoopes still played a huge role in the offense with three touchdowns and big runs that punished Notre Dame tacklers who struggled to bring him down.

On the winning score, Swoopes broke a tackle, burst up the middle and stretched the ball across the line. Swoopes has been booed by Texas fans the last two seasons and was treated to a chorus of ''Swooooooopes'' from the Texas-record crowd of 102,315.

''With that chant and booing, I can't really tell the difference,'' Swoopes said.

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer rallied the Irish from a 31-14 deficit in the third quarter and finished with 215 yards passing and five touchdowns.

Texas went ahead 37-35 on D'Onte Foreman's 18-yard touchdown run before Notre Dame blocked the extra point and Shaun Crawford returned it for a 2-point score that tied it at 37 with just under four minutes left.

Strong, and Longhorn fans, had seen Texas collapse and lose games late the previous two seasons.

''This is a great start for us,'' Strong said. ''Our fans really needed that. We've been down for so long. ... It was a night for us to just make it right.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: Coach Brian Kelly will have to consider scrapping the quarterback rotation between Kizer and Malik Zaire that sapped momentum and helped dig the Irish into a big hole.

''No final decision has been made,'' Kelly said. ''It's never easy playing two quarterbacks.''

Texas: A huge win for Strong, who is trying to avoid being the first Texas coach with three consecutive losing seasons since the 1930s. It's been said time and again in recent years, but the Longhorns sure look as if they've got their quarterback, despite some sputters in the second half.

''We needed tonight to get this program back in the spotlight,'' Strong said. ''I know one game does not make a season. We have many more to go. But it's a great start.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Notre Dame: A loss means a drop, but how far? The Irish sure didn't look like a top-10 team when the Longhorns were pushing them around early.

Texas: Texas hasn't been ranked since late 2013 when Mack Brown was coach. Beating a top-10 opponent with big plays, tough running and late moxie probably earns a return to the Top 25.

18-WHEELER

Swoopes ran the ''18-wheeler'' package - so-named because he wears No. 18 - to near perfection, moving the chains and punishing Notre Dame tacklers in the process. He finished with 53 yards on 13 carries and was a dynamic change of pace when he came on for Buechele.

''He's 260 pounds and runs big,'' said Notre Dame defensive lineman Isaac Rochell.

INJURY REPORT

Notre Dame: Wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. was knocked out of the game in the third quarter on a ferocious hit from DeShon Elliott in the end zone that broke up an Irish touchdown.

Kelly said he had ''heated'' discussions with game officials asking why the play wasn't reviewed for a possible penalty.

TEXAS: Safety Dylan Haines left the game in the second quarter with a head injury.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: The Irish play their home opener against Nevada on Saturday. The Wolf Pack beat Cal-Poly 30-27 in overtime in their first game.

Texas: Texas hosts Texas-El Paso, which beat New Mexico State 38-22.

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Notre Dame #10  (0-1)771497347
Texas  (1-0) «7141067650
Players of the Game
Longhorns

S. Buechele
Att 26
Comp 16
Yds 280
TD 2
Fighting Irish

D. Kizer
Att 24
Comp 15
Yds 215
TD 5
Scoring Summary
NDEquanimeous St. Brown 13 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Justin Yoon kick)
TEXASArmanti Foreman 19 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Trent Domingue kick)
TEXASShane Buechele 1 yd run (Trent Domingue kick)
NDEquanimeous St. Brown 30 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Justin Yoon kick)
TEXASTyrone Swoopes 1 yd run (Trent Domingue kick)
TEXASJohn Burt 72 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Trent Domingue kick)
TEXASTrent Domingue 25 yd FG
NDDeShone Kizer 29 yd run (Justin Yoon kick)
NDTorii Hunter Jr. 5 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Justin Yoon kick)
NDJosh Adams 17 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Justin Yoon kick)
TEXASD'Onta Foreman 19 yd run (blocked XP)
NDShaun Crawford returned XP
TEXASTyrone Swoopes 3 yd run (Trent Domingue kick)
NDC.J. Sanders 25 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Justin Yoon kick)
NDJustin Yoon 39 yd FG
TEXASTyrone Swoopes 6 yd run
 
Team Stats
 NDTEXAS
First Downs2226
Third Down Efficiency7-168-18
Fourth Down Efficiency0-02-2
Plays-Net Yards76-44486-517
Rushes-Yds46-20659-237
Passing Yds238280
Kick Return Yds9529
Punt Return Yds5130
Passes17-30-016-27-1
Punts7-2686-330
Fumbles-Lost0-00-0
Penalties-Yds8-6411-104
Time of Poss.32:4227:18
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ND: Tarean Folston 18-88, DeShone Kizer 13-77, Josh Adams 11-43, Malik Zaire 3-0, Team 1--2
TEXAS: D'Onta Foreman 24-131, Tyrone Swoopes 13-53, Chris Warren III 14-46, Shane Buechele 5-33, Team 3--26
PASSING
ND: DeShone Kizer 15-24-215-0, Malik Zaire 2-5-23-0, Torii Hunter Jr. 0-1-0-0
TEXAS: Shane Buechele 16-26-280-1, Tyrone Swoopes 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
ND: Equanimeous St. Brown 5-75, Torii Hunter Jr. 4-37, C.J. Sanders 3-55, Josh Adams 3-46, Tarean Folston 1-17, Durham Smythe 1-8
TEXAS: John Burt 6-111, Jake Oliver 3-36, Armanti Foreman 3-25, Jerrod Heard 2-73, Jacorey Warrick 2-35
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Notre Dame1st FBS Independents 0-04-8
Texas6th Big 12 3-65-7

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