Run and Shoot: Touchdown, then not, for Notre Dame

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Touchdown, then not, for Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Having a first down and a fourth-down touchdown called back on back-to-back plays is never easy. But for Notre Dame it may have ended any chance of upsetting No. 4 BC.

After originally spotting the ball for a first down at the BC 11-yard line on a catch by John Carlson, video review showed Carlson was short of the marker, forcing ND into a fourth-and-one situation. Sharpley then found a receiver wide open in the end zone on a play-action pass, bringing the Irish within one score...except for a holding penalty. A well-timed blitz by defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani - who was more aggressive than usual in his play-calling today - forced Sharpley into an incompletion.

The Eagles are now handing the ball off to Andre Callender and hoping the clock moves quickly. The Irish still have all three of their timeouts with just under five minutes left to play, but the seats are slowly emptying and ND will probably need a turnover to have a chance in this one.

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