Halftime review: Washington 17, Notre Dame 16

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Reviewing the first half in South Bend, where Washington leads Notre Dame 17-16:

Turning point: Just when it seemed Notre Dame would go into the half with the lead, Jake Locker completed two long passes -- including a great catch in traffic by D'Andre Goodwin -- and Washington drilled a 40-yard field goal as time expired to regain the upper hand in a back-and-forth battle.

Best player in the half: Notre Dame's Golden Tate. He has a 67-yard touchdown catch in which he outsprinted three Huskies defenders and a 31-yard rush on a reverse. All told, he has 140 yards and is proving too difficult for Washington to contain.

What Notre Dame needs to do: Score touchdowns. The Irish had to settle for three points instead of seven on three different drives, which is why they're trailing instead of enjoying a comfortable lead. Washington's defense is leaving huge holes, and the Irish need to take advantage unless they want yet another game to go down to the last minute.