9. Everett Golson’s long bomb to Chris Brown against Oklahoma
Speaking of Golson’s confidence growing from week to week, there might not have been any better evidence than that development than when the Irish traveled to Norman to take on Oklahoma. After leading most of the game, Oklahoma tied the Irish in the fourth quarter at 13. While spending most of the year relying on his defense and running game, Brian Kelly turned to his sophomore quarterback when the Sooners tied things up.
On Notre Dame’s next drive Golson came out firing hitting TJ Jones for an 8 yard gain on the first down and then on second down, Kelly and Chuck Martin rolled the dice and called a bomb to freshman speedster Chris Brown. Golson and Brown nearly connected for several passes downfield to this point in the season – including earlier in the game (pictured above – sorry, it was the only picture we had access to for this one), but had yet to actually do so. On second down at his own 35 yard line though, Golson dropped back and fired a nearly perfectly placed 50-yard bomb to Brown for the frosh’s first career catch. Four plays later Golson gave Notre Dame the lead for good and the Irish never looked back.