TJ Jones made a reaching 7-yard touchdown catch in overtime and No. 7 Notre Dame stopped Stanford inches from the goal line to beat the 17th-ranked Cardinal 20-13 on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
After Jones and Tommy Rees gave the Fighting Irish (6-0) a seven-point lead in OT, Stanford (4-2) drove to a first-and-goal at the 4.
Stepfan Taylor ran for 1 on first, 2 on second and inches on third down. That left one play from inside the 1 and the Notre Dame defense, led by Carlos Calabrese, stood up Taylor and pushed him back.
Taylor kept reaching and turning, and ended up reaching the ball across the goal line, but the officials ruled it was too late. The play had been stopped.
The celebration had to wait for a replay review, but the call stood.
“Our defense is incredible,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said.
Rees relieved Everett Golson after the sophomore took a helmet to the head during Notre Dame’s game-tying field-goal drive late in the fourth.
In the overtime, Rees lofted a 16-yard pass to Theo Riddick to convert a third-and-8 to the 7. On the next play, he threw behind Jones on a slant and the receiver reached back for a sliding two-handed catch and a 20-13 lead.
Then the Irish defense, which has not given up a TD in four straight games, made it stand.
(10) Oregon State 42, BYU 24: Cody Vaz passed for 332 yards and three TDs in his first start and the Beavers (5-0) used a strong start and bigger finish to beat the Cougars (4-3) in Provo, Utah.
Vaz was filling in for Sean Mannion, who is out with a left knee injury.
Markus Wheaton caught two first-quarter TD passes, and scored on a 12-yard reverse in the fourth, while cornerback Jordan Poyer returned an interception 49 yards to seal the victory against BYU (4-3).
Oregon State is 5-0 for the first time since 1939.
BYU’s Riley Nelson completed 28 of 51 passes for 305 yards and a TD but had three interceptions.
UCLA 21, Utah 14: Brett Hundley passed for 183 yards and a TD while rushing for 68 yards and a score, and the Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) beat the Utes (2-4, 0-3) in Pasadena, Calif.
Johnathan Franklin rushed for 79 yards and a TD for the Bruins, who bounced back solidly from a blowout loss to Cal.
Shaq Evans caught a 64-yard TD pass from Hundley, who showed off his uncommon freshman poise while winning a duel with Travis Wilson. Utah’s freshman quarterback passed for 220 yards in his first career start, but the Utes (2-4, 0-3) lost their third straight.
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