The first series foreshadowed how this game was going to go. Thunderbird's Sean Mulvey intercepted Kylan Weisser's pass and it took the Cheifs just one play to put points on the board. RB Kaleb Hofer raced in for the score and TBird took an early 7-0 lead.
Notre Dame put together a nice 10 yard, 80 play drive to knot it at 7. Weisser hooked up with Kyle Soelle twice for first downs and then made a big run to move the chains. An offsides penalty on 4th down kept the ball moving for the Saints and then Weisserhooked up with McLean Dooley for the score. 7-7 after 1 quarter of play.
Notre Dame's next possession wouldn't go as smoothly. The Saints fumbled the ball, TBird recovered and moved inside the 5 yard line after a big Dominique King run. But King would cough the ball up and Saints DE Collin Taylor picked it up to kill the drive.
Notre Dame would punt the ball away and King got redemption, scoring from 26 yards out to give Thunderbird a 13-7 lead.
The teams exchanged punts and Notre Dame took their first lead of the game on a Cameron Yowell to Dooley TD strike. 14-13.
The last minutes of the first half featured three interceptions between the two teams and a goal line stand by the Saints. NDP led 14-13 at half.
Notre Dame posted the only points of the third quarter to extend their lead to 21-13. Soelle scored on a three yard run.
Thunderbird started the 4th quarter off with an Alan Murtic interception but came away with no points, missing a field goal.
TBird's Cameron Norton came up with nother interception, this one he raced back for an apparent score. The refs ruled he stepped out at the 8 yard line, still giving the Chiefs a great chance to score.The offense couldn't punch it in and went for another field goal. This one was blocked Spencer Stanton and scoope dup by Kyle Soelle, who raced 74 yards for a touchdown and turned this game around for the Saints. 27-13.
Thunderbird got a late touchdown from Hofer but their onside kick attempt was recovered by Notre Dame and the Saints ran out the clock.
Final: Notre Dame 27 Thunderbird 19
In a game riddled with turnovers, Notre Dame found a way to hand Thunderbird their first loss of the season. Thunderbird made three trips inside the 10 and came away with zero points. Give Notre Dame credit, they were able to capitalize on turnovers.
Notre Dame receiver Kyle Soelle's blocked kick returned for a touchdown turned this game around for the Saints. He also had a rushing score and caught multiple passes.