Angeli, Notre Dame cruise by Oregon St. in Sun Bowl

Published 6:59 pm Friday, December 29, 2023

Notre Dame wide receiver Jayden Thomas (83) fails to catch a touchdown pass as he’s defended by Oregon State defensive back Jaden Robinson (4) during the first half of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Steve Angeli passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns, guiding No. 15 Notre Dame to a 40-8 victory over No. 21 Oregon State in the Sun Bowl on Friday.

Angeli went 15 for 19 and tossed TD passes of 8 yards to Jayden Thomas, 13 yards to Jordan Faison and 13 yards to Jeremiyah Love. The sophomore was making his first start for the Irish (10-3) in place of Sam Hartman, one of many players who opted out of the game.

Jadarian Price of Notre Dame rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown.

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Notre Dame had seven players – all starters – opt out of the game. That included Hartman and standout running back Audric Estime.

Oregon State (8-5), which finished the season on a three-game losing streak, had three starters opt out and four others enter the transfer portal — including starting quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei and backup Aidan Chiles.

Jimmy Valsin III had the lone score for Oregon State, catching a 33-yard pass from Ben Gulbranson. Offensive lineman Tyler Voltin ran in the 2-point conversion from the wildcat formation. Gulbranson 16 for 27 for 180 yards and an interception.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Phil Mafah ran for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 17 seconds to play, and Clemson beat Kentucky to close the season on a five-game winning streak.

Mafah scored three times in a back-and-forth final quarter that saw five turnovers, four touchdowns and five lead changes. Clemson (9-4) outscored Kentucky (7-6) 28-14 over the last 15 minutes.

Cade Klubnik made the play of the game when he connected with Troy Stellato for 16 yards on third-and-18 to set up Mafah’s fourth-down run that moved the chains. Mafah scored three plays later to put the Tigers up for good.

Mafah finished with 71 yards on 11 carries. Klubnik completed 30 of 41 passes for 264 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Kentucky’s Barion Brown scored three TDs. He returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards, had a 60-yard scoring catch and a 22-yard TD run.

Oregon St. 0 0 0 8 8
Notre Dame 7 7 10 16 40

First Quarter

ND–J.Thomas 8 pass from Angeli (Shrader kick), 6:47.

Second Quarter

ND–Price 1 run (Shrader kick), :27.

Third Quarter

ND–FG Shrader 44, 9:43.

ND–Faison 13 pass from Angeli (Shrader kick), 3:28.

Fourth Quarter

ND–safety, 10:55.

ND–Love 13 pass from Angeli (Shrader kick), 9:08.

ORST–Valsin 33 pass from Gulbranson (Voltin run), 6:19.

ND–Ketterer 6 run (Shrader kick), 2:45.



First downs 10 24
Total Net Yards 197 468
Rushes-yards 16-2 48-236
Passing 195 232
Punt Returns 1-12 0-0
Kickoff Returns 1-29 1-24
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-14
Comp-Att-Int 17-28-1 15-19-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-25 2-20
Punts 4-46.0 1-59.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 3-24 3-15
Time of Possession 20:06 39:54



RUSHING–Oregon St., Fenwick 6-15, Newell 3-0, Irish 2-(minus 1), Gulbranson 5-(minus 12). Notre Dame, Price 13-106, Love 15-39, D.Ford 4-30, Angeli 8-27, Payne 6-24, Ketterer 1-6, Velotta 1-4.

PASSING–Oregon St., Gulbranson 16-27-1-180, Irish 1-1-0-15. Notre Dame, Angeli 15-19-0-232.

RECEIVING–Oregon St., Irish 3-56, Valsin 3-51, Bolden 3-28, Caufield 2-22, T.Walker 2-13, Terry 2-7, Sharp 1-17, Reichle 1-1. Notre Dame, Faison 5-115, Thomas 4-59, Greathouse 2-13, Raridon 2-12, M.Salerno 1-20, Love 1-13.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–Notre Dame, Shrader 50.