EL PASO, Texas — The Fighting Irish finished the 2023 season in style at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.
No. 16 Notre Dame scored early and often to defeat No. 19 Oregon State 40-8. With Sam Hartman opting out, sophomore Steve Angeli made his first collegiate start.
On his first drive, he led Notre Dame 96-yards in eleven plays, which included a 55-yard pass to Jordan Fason, and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Thomas.
Notre Dame’s defense limited Oregon State to just 38 total yards in the opening quarter.
The Irish appeared poised to add to the lead early in the second quarter, but a 50-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
Following a failed fake punt by Oregon State, Notre Dame took advantage of a short field late in the quarter.
Jadarian Price capped off the drive with a one yard touchdown run, to give Notre Dame a 14-0 lead at halftime.
Notre Dame opened the 2nd half much like the first.
Angeli found Fason for a gain of 33-yards. That would set up a 44-yard field goal by Spencer Shrader, and a 17-0 lead.
The Angeli-Faison chemistry continued on the next drive. Angeli found Fason for a 13-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 24-0.
After tackling Oregon State in their own end zone and forcing a safety, Notre Dame took full advantage and found the end zone again.
This time, freshman Jeremiyah Love made his impact felt, taking an Angeli pass 13 yards to the house to make it 33-0.
Oregon State finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter.
Ben Gulbranson hit Jimmy Valsin III for a 33 yard touchdown, and then added on a successful two point conversion to make it 33-8.
The Irish would respond, and in quick fashion.
After driving down the field, former New Prairie star Chase Ketterer ran six yards for his first touchdown in a Notre Dame uniform to increase the lead to 32, 40-8.