Notre Dame Fans Were Beside Themselves As Oklahoma State Fell Inches Short Of Beating Baylor

Notre Dame Fans React Oklahoma State Loss Baylor College Football Playoff

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Notre Dame fans had a vested interest in Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game. Depending on which team won, the Fighting Irish may have a chance at the College Football Playoff.

As it stands, Georgia, Michigan, Alabama and Cincinnati are the top four teams in the nation. Oklahoma State is No. 5 and Notre Dame is No. 6.

Should Oklahoma State and one team from the top four lose during the conference championship weekend, the Irish could very easily get the fourth playoff spot. Thus, when the Cowboys came down to the wire against Baylor, South Bend was on edge— to say the least.

The Bears jumped out to a 21-6 lead at halftime, but Oklahoma State battled back and had a chance to win the game in the final moments. With just three minutes and 14 seconds left in the game, the Cowboys got the ball back and drove 88 yards to the Baylor two-yard-line.

Oklahoma State had 1st-and-goal with 1:10 remaining and no timeouts. After two runs for less than a yard and an incomplete pass, the game came down to one final play.

Running back Dezmond Jackson got the call and took the ball to the left pylon. He was tackled inches short of the goal line, effectively ending the game, giving Baylor the Big 12 title, and killing all playoff hopes.

He came unbelievably close.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame fans celebrated accordingly.

The Irish’s College Football Playoff hopes are still alive by a matter of less than half of a yard. College football is the best.