Football: Notre Dame holds off Marist 45-35
October 12, 2013 1:02AM
Updated: October 12, 2013 1:08AM
Despite seemingly not having an answer for Jack Donegan, Flynn Nagel, Nic Weishar and the Marist offense all night long, Notre Dame prevailed in a thriller. The Dons led the entire night, but the RedHawks clawed their way back in it with a 49-yard throw from Donegan that hit senior wide receiver Mark Ferguson perfectly in stride, followed by a 2-point conversion laser that Ferguson took just inside the pylon to draw to within 31-28. A diving catch by Weishar drew Marist to within three again with 31/2 minutes remaining but a Chris James score and a Pat Cravens pick sealed the Dons’ victory.
With the way Friday night was going, no one-score lead was going to be secure. So, facing a fourth-and-three with a 38-35 lead, Notre Dame quarterback Ryan Greene had a lot of pressure on him as he rolled away from two defenders and completed an 11-yard strike to senior wide receiver Matt Galloway.
There were a lot of stars Friday night, but Chris James was the brightest of them all, rushing for 238 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries. That included a 35-yard score and an eight-yard score in the fourth quarter to fend off a Marist rally.
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Thirty-six of Chris James’ 39 carries, including his first 12, went for positive yardage.
“I think it’s been the best game ever. Overall, the best win ever. I think it was overall just the best game.” — James