Marshall upsets Notre Dame Sep 10, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd running back Khalan Laborn (8) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish came into Saturday hoping to rebound from their Ohio State loss and notch an easy victory at home before the meat of their schedule kicks in. The Marshall Thundering Herd had different plans and the Sun Belt squad upset the No. 8 Irish in South Bend, 26-21.

The loss means that Notre Dame starts the season 0-2 and head coach Marcus Freeman is now 0-3 to begin his head coaching career there, making him the first Fighting Irish coach to ever do so.

Marshall cemented the upset win with an epic pick-six by Steven Gilmore that put the Herd up 26-15 with 4:35 left.

Marshall then seemingly iced the win with another interception, their third one on the day.

Notre Dame did manage to get a late touchdown but failed on the two-point conversion. They also failed the get the onside kick and that was it.

It’s a brutal loss for the Irish, who don’t stand a chance of sniffing the College Football Playoff this year and are now in danger of not qualifying for a bowl game unless they get it together fast. Their schedule includes road games at North Carolina, BYU, and USC as well as showdowns against Clemson and Stanford.

We’ll see if the Irish can turn it around but, right now, things are looking very bad for the football team and head coach Marcus Freeman.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to