SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Quarterback Everett Golson spotted tight end Ben Koyack alone in the back of the end zone just in time.
On fourth and 11 from the 23 and trailing 14-10, Golson dropped back and managed to avoid the Stanford rush just long enough to find Koyack as two defensive backs tried to recover from the blown assignment.
Koyack caught the pass as he fell out of bounds, while safety Jordan Richards dived to try to break it up, and scored the winning touchdown with 61 seconds left to give the No. 9 Irish a 17-14 victory on a cold, rainy Saturday.
"I went to my first read and it wasn't there and I needed to begin improvising a little bit," Golson said. "I guess they busted the coverage a little bit and I found Koyack in the back of the end zone."
Koyack said he broke off his route when he saw the coverage and hoped Golson would see him. "He did," he said. "It felt like the ball was in the air for about an hour."
Stanford coach David Shaw was asked what coverage the No. 14 Cardinal was in on the play. "There was no coverage on Notre Dame's touchdown pass," he said. "That sounds sarcastic but he was wide open. There was nobody on him."
Golson also threw a 17-yard touchdown to Chris Brown and Notre Dame amassed 370 yards of total offense against the nation's top defense.
Cats stun Wisconsin
EVANSTON, Ill. — Godwin Igwebuike had three interceptions and Justin Jackson rushed for 162 yards, helping the resurgent Wildcats upset Melvin Gordon and No. 17 Wisconsin 20-14. Trevor Siemian threw for a touchdown and also had a key block on Miles Shuler's 16-yard TD run as Northwestern earned its third consecutive win. Gordon had 27 carries for a career-high 259 yards and a touchdown, but Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave combined for just 138 yards passing on a cold, damp afternoon at Ryan Field. It was Stave's first appearance of the season after the 19-game starter struggled mentally with throwing issues. Wisconsin had scored at least 20 points in 17 consecutive games for the second-longest such streak in school history.
No. 25 TCU 37, No. 4 Okla. 33: Paul Dawson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown and host TCU made a huge fourth-and-1 stop with just over three minutes left as the Horned Frogs remained undefeated.
No. 7 Baylor 28, Texas 7: Shock Linwood ran for 148 yards and the clinching touchdown and visiting Baylor overcame a rare off day by quarterback Bryce Petty and the nation's No. 1 offense.
Arizona St. 38, No. 16 USC 34: Jaelen Strong caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Mike Bercovici as time expired and Arizona State scored three TDs in the final 3:53 in Los Angeles. Bercovici capped his 510-yard passing performance with his third touchdown pass to Strong, who slipped in front of USC's Hayes Pullard at the goal line and pulled in the desperation throw.
NO. 20 OHIO ST. 52, MARYLAND 24: J.T. Barrett completed 18 of 23 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns and ran 16 times for 71 yards and a score. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 139 yards on 24 carries, and the defense had four interceptions to hush the first sellout crowd at College Park in nearly six years. Brad Craddock kicked a Terrapins-record 57-yard field goal.
NO. 21 OKLA. ST. 37, IOWA ST. 20: Desmond Roland ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Tyreek Hill returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown for host Oklahoma State. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard went on a 2½-minute tirade about a call he believes was pivotal. At 6-6 late in the second quarter, officials ruled Roland was stopped just short of the goal line as time expired. The play was reviewed and the call reversed, giving the Cowboys a 13-6 lead. "Coach (Paul) Rhoads and I have tried to deal with that internally and have tried to do it the right way, but it's no longer fair to put our student-athletes, our coaching staff and our fans in that position." Pollard said it was the latest in a string of bad calls against the Cyclones in recent years.
No. 23 K-State 45, Texas Tech 13: Jake Waters threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 105 yards and another score as host Kansas State routed penalty-prone Texas Tech.
Late Friday: Backup quarterback Darell Garretson threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, leading Utah State to a 35-20 upset of No. 18 Brigham Young in Provo. Taysom Hill, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, broke his left leg late in the first half. Garretson, a sophomore who took over for injured Chuckie Keeton in the second half of a Week 3 win over Wake Forest, also ran for a score.
Around the nation
Rutgers 26, Michigan 24: Gary Nova threw for a career-best 404 yards and three touchdowns as host Rutgers won its first Big Ten game. It was the Wolverines' third straight loss. Their 2-4 start is the worst since they opened 2-7 in 2008 under Rich Rodriguez.
Purdue 38, Illinois 27: Visiting Purdue had 349 yards rushing and first-time starting quarterback Austin Appleby threw for a touchdown and ran for two.
Indiana, 49, North Texas, 24: Nate Sudfeld threw three touchdowns and D'Angelo Roberts ran for two for the host Hoosiers. Tevin Coleman ran 17 times for 150 yards and one TD, producing his seventh straight 100-yard game and scoring in his 14th consecutive game — the longest active streaks in Division I-A.
Air Force 30, Navy 21: Kale Pearson threw three touchdowns, including a short strike to seal the game with 35 seconds remaining, as host Air Force held off Navy, a significant step in the Falcons' bid to claim the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2011.
bowden salute: Four decades after fans nearly ran him out of Morgantown, Bobby Bowden was welcomed back. The 84-year-old coaching great was honored at halftime of West Virginia's 33-14 win over Kansas, receiving loud applause when introduced. He and wife Ann also were marshals of the school's homecoming parade Friday. "It means a whole lot to me," Bowden, wearing a gold blazer, blue tie and yellow rose on his lapel, told reporters afterward. Bowden was with the Mountaineers for 10 seasons, including six as head coach. He left after the 1975 season for a long career at Florida State.