UT quarterback Tyrone Swoopes rushes in the second overtime against Notre Dame at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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In overtime, Strong placed trust in Swoopes-led offense

Posted September 5th, 2016

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What would have happened had Notre Dame stopped Tyrone Swoopes on a couple of plays in the second overtime of Texas’ 50-47 win on Sunday? Texas would have gone for broke.

At his weekly press conference with members of the media on Monday, Texas coach Charlie Strong said his offense likely wouldn’t have left the field in the second overtime of the Notre Dame game. The Fighting Irish kicked a 39-yard field goal on their possession in the second overtime, and Strong said he did not want to play for another session of football.

“I made a decision that it was third down, and we were going to go for it on fourth down. I was not going to kick a field goal and go to another overtime. I said (to Swoopes) if you get it close enough, we’re going to go for it on fourth down and we’re going to win the game and we’re going to ride you.”

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Strong did not have to make a fourth-down call, though. Swoopes picked up 10 yards on a 3rd-and-1 attempt from the Notre Dame 16, and the senior quarterback later scored on a second-down run from the 6.

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Texas attempted two fourth-down conversions in the first half, and running back D’Onta Foreman rushed for first downs on both plays. Both of Foreman’s conversions – a two-yard run on a 4th-and-1 and a three-yard pick-up on a 4th-and-2 – came on touchdown drives for the Longhorns.

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