Notre Dame beats Florida State in overtime: Wrapping up a wild opener
The ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish defated the Florida State Seminoles, 41-38 in overtime on Sunday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. in the 2021 college football season opener for both teams. ND Insider beat writers @EHansenNDI, @TJamesNDI and @tnoieNDI covered the game and will have complete postgame coverage, along with South Bend Tribune photographer @TheRobFranklin. Below is a recap of how the game unfolded.
► Instant observations: Defense struggles as Notre Dame survives Seminoles in OT
►Full scoring summary:Irish hold off Seminoles in OT
11:33 p.m. — Final: Notre Dame 41, Florida State 38 OT
Jonathan Doerer wins it for Notre Dame with a 41-yard field goal in first overtime
11:29 p.m. — Florida State misses 37-yard field goal attempt in first OT possession
Notre Dame now gets its chance from the 25-yard line.
11:15 p.m. End of regulation: Florida State 38, Notre Dame 38
This one's going overtime in Tallahassee.
► Notre Dame 38, Florida State 28
Score: Andrew Parchment 8-yard pass from Travis at 13:42
Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, elapsed time 5:55 following Notre Dame kickoff
Key plays: 19-yard run by Treshaun Ward. 4-yard run by Corbin on fourth and 2 from ND 28.
► Notre Dame 38, Florida State 35
Score: Treshaun Ward 2-yard run at 5:36
Drive: 12 plays, 88 yards, elapsed time 4:43 after Notre Dame punt
Key plays: Jordan scrambles for 25 yards before leaving game after his helmet comes off. QB McKenzie Milton enter the game and goes 4-for-4 for 36 yards.
► Florida State 38, Notre Dame 38
Score: Fitzgerald 43-yard field goal at 0:40
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, elapsed time 3:35
Key plays: Milton 12-yard shovel pass to Darion Williamson on third and 2. Ward 12-yard run.
11:08 p.m. — Florida State 38, Notre Dame 38, 0:40 4thQ
Ryan Fitzgerald ties the game with a 43-yard field goal.
10:53 p.m. — Notre Dame 38, Florida State 35, 5:30 4Q
QB McKenzie Milton, who hasn't played in two years after an horrific knee injury, leads the Seminoles to the end zone, capped by a 2-yard run by Treshaun Ward. Milton went 4-for-4 on the drive for 36 yards.
Kyle Hamilton showing why he's an All-American
10:29 p.m. Notre Dame 38, Florida State 28
The Seminoles aren't done yet. Andrew Parchment an 8-yard pass from Travis on third and goal followed by two-point conversion. Caps a 75-yard drive.
10:23 p.m. Notre Dame 38, Florida State 20, End of 3Q
► Florida State 20, Notre Dame 17
Score:Ja'Khi Douglas 60-yard pass from Travis at 13:36
Drive: Three plays, 63 yards, elapsed time 1:07 following Notre Dame kickoff
► Notre Dame 24, Florida State 20
Score: Avery Davis 37-yard pass from Coan at 11:52 (Doerer kick)
Drive: Four plays, 75 yards, elapsed time 1:44
► Notre Dame 31, Florida State 20
Score: Kyren Williams 6-yard pass from Coan at 7:05
Drive: Seven plays, 69 yards, elapsed time 4:17 following Hamilton interception
Key plays: 55-yard screen pass to Williams from Coan on third and 17.
► Notre Dame 38, Florida State 20
Score: Chris Tyree 1-yard run at
Drive: Three plays, 32 yards, elapsed time 0:58 after FSU turnover on downs
Key plays: Florida State failed on converting a fourth-down conversion at its own 32-yard line, giving the ball back to Notre Dame. 24-yard pass from Coan to Lenzy.
10:14 p.m. — Notre Dame 38, Florida State 20
Florida State turns ball over on downs at its own 32. Three plays later RB Chris Tyree plunges in from 1 yard.
10:03 p.m. — Notre Dame 31, Florida State 20, 7:05 3Q
Another Kyle Hamilton interception leads to a Notre Dame TD drive capped by a 6-yard pass from Coan to RB Kyren Williams. Key play on drive was 55-yard screen pass to Williams on third and 17.
9:55 p.m. — Notre Dame 24, Florida State 20
Notre Dame answers quickly with 37-yard touchdown strike from Coan to WR Kevin Austin.
9:44 p.m. — Florida State 20, Notre Dame 17
Ja'Khi Douglas hauls in a 60-yard bomb from Travis to give the Seminoles a quick-strike lead. The extra-point attempt failed.
9:38 p.m. — Second half is underway
Review of potential Florida State fumble on kickoff give ball back to Seminoles.
9:19 p.m. — Halftime: Notre Dame 17, Florida State 14
► Florida State 14, Notre Dame 7
Score: Jordan Travis 2-yard run (Fitzgerald kick) at 10:05
Drive: Four plays, 45 yards, elapsed time 1:39 p.m. following Notre Dame punt.
Key plays: Lawrance Toafili 20 yard run to the ND 2. Jordan 21-yard pass to Malik McClain to ND 24.
► Florida State 14, Notre Dame 10
Score: Doerer 48-yard field goal at 5:02 following FSU kickoff
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, elapsed time 5:03
Key plays: 15-yard catch and run by Kyren Williams
► Notre Dame 17, Florida State 14
Score: Joe Wilkins Jr. 23-yard pass from Coan at 2:21 (Doerer kick)
Drive: Five plays, 48 yards, elapsed time 1:24 following Kyle Hamilton interception
Key plays: Mayer 15-yard pass from Coan
9:03 p.m. — Notre Dame 17, Florida State 14
WR Joe Wilkins Jr. with 23-yard touchdown catch from Jack Coan. 48-yard drive set up by Kyle Hamilton interception.
8:53 p.m. — Florida State 14, Notre Dame 10, 2nd Q (5:02)
Notre Dame's Jonathan Doerer boots 48-yard field goal.
8:42 p.m. — Florida State 14, Notre Dame 7, 2nd Q
Jordan Travis a 2-yard touchdown run.
8:39 p.m. Michael Mayer an offensive bright spot early for Notre Dame
8:26 p.m. — End of first quarter in Tallahassee
► Notre Dame 7, Florida State 0
Score: Jack Coan 41-yard pass to Michael Mayer on fourth and 1 (Jonathan Doerer kick).
Drive: Five plays, 75 yards. Two first downs, 2:09 elapsed time following opening kickoff.
Key plays: 25-yard pass to Mayer on first play from scrimmage. 15-yard pass to Branden Lenzy on second and 17.
► Notre Dame 7, Florida State 7
Score: 89-yard run by Jashaun Corbin (Ryan Fitzgerald kick).
Drive: Two plays, 89 yards, :20 elapsed time
8:15 p.m. — Notre Dame 7, Florida State 7
Florida State running Back Jashaun Corbin, slips through the Notre Dame defensive front, slides to the sideline and takes it 89 yards for a Florida State touchdown.