Trio of Notre Dame football games among best of 2015


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

OK, so maybe Notre Dame wasn't the best team in college football in 2015.

But what about the most watchable?

On Thursday, Sports Illustrated ranked the 25 best college football games of 2015, and three Notre Dame games made the cut — including two in the top five.

Notre Dame's 38-36 loss at Stanford in its regular season finale, in which Cardinal kicker Conrad Ukropinna nailed a 45-yard field goal as time expired to secure the win, finished highest at No. 3. That was followed by the Irish's 24-22 road loss at Clemson in a monsoon at No. 5, which featured the Tigers' two-point conversion stop of DeShone Kizer in the final moments, followed by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney giving birth to the phrase, "Bring your own guts" (B.Y.O.G).

Notre Dame's lone victory on the list was the 34-27 comeback road win at Virginia, in which Kizer relieved an injured Malik Zaire in the second half and found Will Fuller down the sideline for a go-ahead 39-yard score with 12 seconds left to sink the Cavaliers.

That, of course, led to this iconic image.

Picture of the year so far in college football. #Virginia fan can't believe the TD by #notredame.

— Bernard Bokenyi (@BernardBokenyi) September 12, 2015

What was your favorite game of the 2015 season?

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) helped the Irish rally from a 21-3 deficit in the fourth-quarter, but ND fell short, 24-22, to Clemson on a failed two-point conversion try Saturday at Clemson, S.C. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)