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Another NJ QB shocks the football world

And the streak continues for the New Jersey quarterbacks – whose names end in a vowel.

Former Bergen Catholic quarterback Steve Angeli passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns, guiding No. 15 Notre Dame to a 40-8 victory over No. 21 Oregon State in the Sun Bowl on Friday.

Angeli – a sophomore making his first start for the Irish in place of Sam Hartman, who opted out of the game – was 15 of 19 yards and threw 8-yard TD passes to Jayden Thomas, 13 yards to Jordan Faison and 13 yards to Jeremiah Love. .

First, Giants third baseman Tommy DeVito took the NFL by storm, then Joe Flacco came out of his recliner to lead the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs, and now Angeli – another quarterback talent from the Garden State who eluded Rutgers — has fans excited for next season. , when Hartman is in the NFL.

“It’s a moment that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Angeli said, “but it’s really not about me. It’s about these guys around me. All these guys who been in this room and nurtured me, especially Sam Hartman. He did a great job teaching me the ways and allowing me to come here and have this opportunity.

Angeli’s previous start came when he led Bergen Catholic over Don Bosco Prep – DeVito’s alma mater – to a 2021 New Jersey state championship and perfect season.

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Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt and Westfield native Angeli were the first quarterbacks in the 2022 class to receive offers from Notre Dame. Brian Kelly, who recruited Angeli, is now LSU’s head coach, but that never mattered: Angeli has historic ties to the school. His great-uncle, Pete Berezney, won a national title with Notre Dame while playing for Frank Leahy in the 1940s.

Stanford, Arizona, Iowa and Syracuse offered Angeli after his junior season, but he always seemed headed to Notre Dame. His college teammates said they have full confidence in the former four-star recruit after watching him in practice for two seasons.

“We knew it was going to happen,” receiver Jordan Faison said of Angeli. “We are not surprised.”

Faison, the game’s MVP, had five catches for 115 yards and a score for the Irish. Running back Jadarian Price added 106 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown.

Notre Dame’s younger players did the heavy lifting as the team had seven players – all starters – who opted out of the game. That included Hartman and running back Audric Estime.

“We have what we call a bumpy road. This bumpy road ended very well,” Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman said. “And I’m proud of these guys. It’s a pleasure to coach them.

Oregon State (8-5), which finished the season on a three-game losing streak, saw three starters opt out and four others enter the transfer portal — including starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and backup Aidan Chiles.

That left the Beavers in a tough situation against a senior-laden Irish defense that ranked eighth in the nation and held Oregon State to 197 total yards and just two rushing yards.

The game got going late in the second quarter when Oregon State, trailing 7-0, attempted a fake punt from midfield that was stuffed for a loss. Notre Dame then ran seven plays and pushed the lead to 14-0 with just 27 seconds left in the half on Price’s 1-yard run.

Jimmy Valsin III had the only score for Oregon State, catching a 33-yard pass from Ben Gulbranson. Offensive lineman Tyler Voltin assisted on the 2-point conversion from the wildcat formation.

That score at 6:02 of the fourth quarter cut Notre Dame’s lead to 33-8 before the Irish scored one final touchdown on a 6-yard run by Chase Ketterer with 2:45 left.

Gulbranson was 16 of 27 for 180 yards and an interception.

“Obviously, it’s not the outcome we wanted,” Oregon State interim head coach Kefense Hynson said. “Hats off to Notre Dame. I mean, they’re a really, really good football team. That’s all we saw on tape.


Oregon State: The biggest question facing the Beavers is their uncertain conference future. Oregon State and Washington State are the remaining members of the Pac-12, and the Beavers have just six games on their 2024 schedule. Regardless of where they end up, new head coach Trent Bray will have eight returning players on offense and five on defense in Friday’s game.

Notre Dame: The Irish put together a 10-win season to gain momentum heading into next season, the first with an expanded playoffs — in which they should be a factor. Based on Friday’s depth chart, the Irish could return all 11 starters on offense, but only four on defense. Many of these positions will be open to competition, especially at quarterback, where Duke transfer Riley Leonard will be in the mix.


The Irish took home the match awards. Faison was named MVP, defensive end Jordan Botelho was named Most Valuable Lineman and kicker Spencer Shrader was named Special Teams MVP. Botelho had five tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Shrader kicked a 44-yard field goal and five extra points.


Notre Dame finished 8 of 14 on third downs, while Oregon State finished 1 of 9. The Irish had 24 first downs to the Beavers’ 10. The only turnover of the game was an interception by Notre Dame’s Benjamin Morrison. It was the third time the teams had played and all three were in bowl games, with the Beavers winning the first two. Oregon State is 2-1 all-time in the Sun Bowl, while Notre Dame is 2-0 in El Paso.

The AP contributed to this report. Thank you for counting on us to provide you with the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting us with a subscription.

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