It would go down in the box score as just a meaningless, late-game score in a blowout, but Jordan Sterling had finally caught his first collegiate touchdown pass. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were hosting the struggling Alabama Crimson Tide for week 7 and clearly, Alabama was overmatched all around. The first half was a closely contested battle between the 2 teams with each offense trading touchdowns leaving the game at a 20-14 score at halftime. Sterling found himself open quite a bit in the first half as he was able to find some space in the Alabama zones for Brady to find him. His quarterback recognized this and found him for 3 receptions and 17 yards, already a new personal best for receptions in a game. It wasn't until the second half when the Fighting Irish put their foot down, pedal to the metal, and buried the Crimson Tide. They would score 21 unanswered until that fateful drive in the middle of the fourth quarter. Alabama clearly doesn't give up without a fight as they had failed to convert on 4th down on their own 38 in a game that was all but over. Notre Dame got the ball back with fantastic field position which was only aided by 2 consecutive penalties on Bama that pushed them down to the 18-yard line with just inside 7 minutes to play. Brady took the 1st down snap and handed off to Lynch Marshawn who would cut a few defenders for 12 yards before being tackled by defensive back, D'Quez Farquaad. On 1st and goal from the 6, Brady dropped back to throw, Sterling again recognized the zone presnap, found the soft spot and as he turned his head back the ball was already in flight. There it was, his first career NCAA touchdown reception.