On Saturday night, No. 2 Ohio State defeated No. 5 Notre Dame 21-10 despite scoring its fewest points since 2018 in the game.

Marcus Freeman, the head coach of Notre Dame in his first season, made his Fiesta Bowl debut in December and is returning home for the game.

He worked as Luke Fickell's defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati before accepting the Notre Dame position.

An excellent Notre Dame gameplan and an injury to top wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba hampered the high-flying Buckeyes offence.

But with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter, preseason Heisman favourite C.J. Stroud connected with Xavier Johnson for the game-winning 24-yard touchdown,

When Stroud connected with Emeka Egbuka for a 31-yard touchdown in the first period, Ohio State topped Notre Dame 7-3.

However, Notre Dame opened the second quarter with a drive of 87 yards in just 10 plays, and when Ohio State missed a field goal attempt in the final seconds of the period, the Irish led 10-7 at the break.

After gaining more than 300 yards receiving in a Rose Bowl victory over Utah, Smith-Njigba entered 2022 as one of the finest receivers in the nation.

He was tackled awkwardly early in the first quarter, but it appeared he injured his left leg, and the rest of the half he played just sparingly.

Smith Njigba only had two catches for three yards during the first half, therefore he was forced to sit out the second half..

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