SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Robert Hughes scored on a 1-yard run in overtime and Notre Dame broke up a fourth-down pass near the end zone on the final play to help the Fighting Irish to a 37-30 victory Saturday.
Jake Locker threw a pass toward D’Andre Goodwin on fourth-and-19 on the game’s final play, but safeties Harrison Smith and Kyle McCarthy sandwiched him and knocked the ball loose. It was the fourth straight game decided in the final minute for the Irish.
Jimmy Clausen floated a 12-yard pass into the end zone that Kyle Rudolph caught over cornerback Quinton Richardson with 80 seconds left and Hughes pushed a pile of defenders into the end zone for the 2-point conversion and a 30-27 lead.
Erik Folk kicked a 37-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to tie the game at 30 and force overtime. Notre Dame (4-1) improved to 8-0 all time against Washington (2-3).