Max Zendejas' third field goal of the game, a 48-yarder coming as time ran out, gave Arizona a 16-13 victory at previously unbeaten and ninth-ranked Notre Dame yesterday.
The Wildcats began their final drive from their 20, with quarterback Tom Tunnicliffe passing 19 yards to Brad Anderson to get the ball to the Irish 32 with six seconds remaining. After Arizona called time out, Zendejas kicked the winning points.
"We had too many turnovers and gave them too good of a field position too much of the time," said Coach Gerry Faust, whose Irish lost two interceptions and a fumble. "You can't keep the defense out on the field that long and have them be effective."
"I was knocked down as I kicked it," said Zendejas. "Then my teammates started yelling and jumping on me so I knew that I had made it."
"I was absolutely numb . . . and then worried when I saw the flag drop," said Arizona Coach Larry Smith. But the flag fell because Notre Dame had been called for roughing the kicker.
Arizona (2-2-1) scored its touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as Phil Freeman ended a 79-yard drive with a one-yard run. That was the first rushing touchdown yielded by Notre Dame this season and Zendejas' conversion tied the score at 13 with 8:40 left.
Notre Dame, seeking its fifth victory, took a 10-0 lead on freshman Allen Pinkett's 25-yard run and Mike Johnston's 22-yard field goal. Pinkett is from Park View High School in Sterling, Va.
But early in the third quarter, Arizona's Ray Moret intercepted Blair Kiel's pass to set up Zendejas' first field goal, a 38-yarder, and Don Be'Ans stripped the ball from Joe Howard on the ensuing kickoff for a Wildcat first down at the Notre Dame 14. Although Arizona could not gain, Zendejas' 32-yard field goal made it 10-6.
The Irish could score only once in the second half, that on Johnston's 43-yard field goal for a 13-6 lead.