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Drew Pyne throws for 2 TDs as Notre Dame beats California 24-17

Marcus Freeman gets first win as Fighting Irish coach
Notre Dame running back Audric Estime takes handoff from quarterback Drew Pyne before TD vs. Cal Golden Bears, Sept. 17, 2022
Posted at 6:52 PM, Sep 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-17 18:52:56-04

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Drew Pyne passed for two touchdowns and 150 yards in his first career start and Notre Dame overcame numerous mistakes to beat California 24-17 Saturday to give Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman his first victory.

The Irish (1-2) outscored Cal (2-1) 10-0 in the fourth quarter to avoid becoming just the third Notre Dame squad to start a season 0-3.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Marcus Freeman celebrates TD vs. Cal Golden Bears, Sept. 17, 2022
Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman celebrates a touchdown during the second half against California, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defeated California 24-17.

Notre Dame, which started the season ranked No. 5, had blown leads three times, made sure there was no second-half letdown this time. But it wasn't over until the last play.

On fourth-and-13 from the Notre Dame 35, Cal's Jack Plummer threw the ball into the end zone. The ball bounced off several players and Bears receiver Jeremiah Hunter nearly pulled it in, but the ball landed on the grass.