AUSTIN, Texas — Tyrone Swoopes scored on a lunging 6-yard touchdown run in the second overtime, giving Texas a 50-47 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday night.

The Texas quarterback broke a tackle, burst up the middle and stretched the ball across the line as the Longhorns earned a huge victory for their embattled coach, Charlie Strong, after two losing seasons.

Freshman Shane Buechele got the start over Swoopes, but the senior played a huge role in overtime with two rushing touchdowns.

Buechele, the first freshman quarterback to start a Texas opener since Bobby Layne in 1944, had 280 yards passing and two long touchdown throws.

DeShone Kizer rallied the Irish from a 31-17 deficit in the third quarter and finished with 215 yards passing and five touchdowns.

Texas went ahead 37-35 on D’Onte Foreman’s 18-yard touchdown run before Notre Dame blocked the extra point and Shaun Crawford returned it for two points with just under 4 minutes left.


USC: Defensive end Jabari Ruffin will be suspended for part of the Trojans’ next game after stomping on the groin of an Alabama player.

USC Coach Clay Helton said Ruffin will sit out the first half when the Trojans host Utah State on Saturday. The fifth-year senior also will write an apology letter.

Ruffin was ejected in the second quarter of USC’s humiliating 52-6 loss when he stepped on Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick following a kickoff return.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: Defensive coordinator Melvin Smith was fired a day after a season-opening 45-10 loss to Boise State.

Smith was in his second season with the Ragin’ Cajuns.