SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Center Jesse Burkett recovered a fumble in the end zone after Bryce Love fumbled on the goal line, Stanford’s only offensive touchdown, and cornerback Quenton Meeks returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown as the Cardinal rallied from 10 points down to beat Notre Dame 17-10 Saturday night.
The Irish defense, which had forced three previous turnovers in their own territory, had a chance to recover the fumble but linebacker Nyles Morgan tried to scoop up the ball. When he failed to pick it up, Burkett lunged on it. Stanford, playing without injured Christian McCaffrey, added a 2-point conversion on a pitch to Love, who ran in untouched.
Stanford (4-2), which started the season ranked No. 8, averted losing three straight for the first time since 2007. The Irish (2-5) ranked No. 10 in the preseason, lost a third straight home game for the first time since 2007.
Notre Dame had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds. But DeShone Kizer couldn’t get a pass off on fourth-and-10 from the 14. He was about to be sacked and pitched the ball to left guard Quentin Nelson and the ball was ruled dead.
No. 21 Utah 19, Oregon State 14
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Joe Williams came out of retirement and ran for a 5-yard first-quarter touchdown, and Utah went on to defeat Oregon State in wet and windy conditions.
Williams, who had left the team because of injuries following the second game of the season, finished with 179 yards rushing on 34 carries for the Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12).
Trailing 12-7, Oregon State (2-4, 1-2) got as close as the Utah 9 with 8:25 left in the game, but couldn’t score and Garrett Owens’ 27-yard field goal attempt went wide left.
After quarterback Troy Williams ran for an 8-yard touchdown to extend Utah’s lead, the Beavers scored on Marcus McMaryion’s 14-yard pass to Hunter Jarmon. But ultimately Oregon State couldn’t overcome its first-half struggles.
Joe Williams’ return to practice this week was spurred by a spate of injuries to Utah’s running backs corps — a concern because the wild weather expected for the game would undoubtedly impact the passing game.
Oregon State started running back Ryan Nall, who was seen in a boot earlier this week. But after a carry for 32 yards in the opening quarter, he did not return. Nall rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns last week in Oregon State’s 47-44 overtime victory over Cal.
Following Williams’ early touchdown, the Utes also scored on a safety and Andy Phillips kicked a 25-yard goal to take a 12-0 lead into halftime.
Oregon State closed the gap with an 18-yard touchdown run from Artavis Pierce, but Owens missed a 51-yard field goal attempt midway through the third quarter that would have gotten the Beavers closer.
USC 48, Arizona 14
TUCSON, Ariz. — Sam Darnold threw for five touchdowns — three to Julu Smith-Schuster — to lead USC to a rout of Arizona, the Trojans’ third straight Pac-12 victory.
Darnold, a redshirt freshman who didn’t start until the fourth game of the season, completed 20-of-32 attempts for 235 yards and ran for 54 yards in six carries before sitting out the fourth quarter. He threw for 186 yards and four scores as USC built a 34-7 halftime lead.
Smith-Schuster finished with nine catches for 132 yards.
The Trojans (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) rolled for 575 yards and remained a half-game out of first place in the Pac-12 South.
Arizona (2-5, 0-4) lost its fourth in a row.
Wildcats true freshman Khalil Tate completed 7-of-18 passes for 58 yards in his first collegiate start. Playing in place of injured Brandon Dawkins, Tate threw an interception and fumbled the ball away, leading to two USC touchdowns.
He ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.