Player of the week

Don't call it a comeback.

Everett Golson earned his second straight FBS offensive player of the week award Monday, and he is our Notre Dame player of the week as well after helping the Irish climb out of a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and win in triple overtime.

His 1-yard plunge clinched the win No. 9 for the Irish, and it capped a day that saw him rush for a career-high 74 yards. Golson completed 23 of 42 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

Golson responded to a mid-game benching by directing a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives, the last one coming after an end zone pick he threw looked to have doomed Notre Dame. But he got the ball back with more than three minutes remaining, leading a two-play scoring drive and taking it in himself for the game-tying two-point conversion.

The rest, as they say, is history. And it just may have been enough to fend off any more early quarterback switches.

"I think we're getting close to playing through it because of what he did in the second half," coach Brian Kelly said. "I don't think we could have done that earlier in the year, quite frankly. I think when we took him out last year, he was done. He was just mentally done. He was not mentally done.

"So, in truthfulness, I would tell you that he's closer to getting to that level where let's just keep fighting through it, because we saw him respond with that competitiveness in the fourth quarter and overtime."