Rarely does a regular-season game receive the hype of Ohio State and Notre Dame’s showdown Saturday evening and still exceed it.
Thanks to Buckeyes running back Chip Trayanum, it happened.
Trayanum’s 1-yard rushing touchdown with one second left gave No. 6 Ohio State a 17-14 win over the No. 9 Fighting Irish in an instant classic. The Buckeyes led 10-0, gave it away, and finally regrouped for a heart-stopping final drive led by quarterback Kyle McCord.
Needless to say, the college football universe had opinions on one of the best regular-season games of the still-young 2020s.
Fingers were pointed at Notre Dame’s coaching in the closing minutes.
McCord got plenty of flowers …
… and his fair share of hyperbole, too.
Ohio State observers showered the Buckeyes defense with praise.
The Fighting Irish’s considerable futility against the Buckeyes was noted.
The world prepared for a long night on Notre Dame message boards.
The Fighting Irish were even implicated by the meme of the moment.
One area where debate seemed to be off limits: the game was a masterpiece befitting its participants and setting.