Despite early struggles, Notre Dame sticks with Golson

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Despite early struggles, Notre Dame sticks with Golson

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson had to sit on the sidelines and watch as Notre Dame pulled off a thrilling overtime win over Stanford on Saturday. But it wasn't for the reason he was yanked in two previous games.

As time ran down with Notre Dame needing three points to tie in the fourth, Golson was knocked out of the game on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Stanford defensive back Usua Amanam.

"Blow to the head and his vision was blurred," coach Brian Kelly said of Golson's injury. "And he wanted to get back in, and our medical personnel would not clear him."

The long-term diagnosis for Golson isn't clear, although if he suffered a concussion it could keep him on the sidelines for at least the near future. If that's the case, any missed time will come on the heels of what may have been a turning point for the young quarterback's confidence.

"What I was really proud of, and I hope you'll take notice of this, Everett hit a point there where his dauber was down a little bit, his confidence was a bit shaken, and he came back with a great drive and did some really good things," Kelly said. "Whereas, when he had that situation against Michigan, we really had to move in another direction. He fought through that and made a big step today. He made some plays, he helped us win this football game."

At the half, Golson had completed six of 16 passes for 61 yards. More importantly, though, he held on to the ball too long in the end zone on a third-and-16 and was sacked, resulting in a fumble Stanford recovered in Notre Dame's end zone for its only touchdown of the day.

"If I had a chance, I'd take that one back," Kelly said of the play call to have Golson pass. "If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken that one back."

After that fumble, Golson led Notre Dame into field goal range, but didn't get any points out of it when Jordan Cowart's snap sailed high through holder Ben Turk's hands.

"He responded great," Tommy Rees, who entered the game after Golson was hurt in the fourth, said. "He's got a good head on his shoulders, he put it behind him in short-term memory and found a way to keep it in the offense."

It wasn't until late in the third quarter when Golson really took off, though. He capped a 52-yard scoring drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert that tied things up at 10, the first touchdown he's thrown to the All-American tight end since Week 1.

"He was feeling more comfortable with the rush," Kelly said. "Obviously he's learning about a pressure situation where they are just four down, where you have to slide in the pocket. I was really proud of him today. He grew up. I know it wasn't as clean and the numbers, you can analyze them and say well, he didn't play well.

"All I can tell you is that in his growth, he did some things for me as a head coach that allow us to keep progressing with Everett."

Preview: Mark Buehrle Day on CSN

Preview: Mark Buehrle Day on CSN

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White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

A day after having quite the offensive party, the White Sox didn’t save any production for Friday.

The White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics in their series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of 25,370 fans.

After recording 18 hits in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox were held to just seven on Friday, but it felt like fewer. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Pelfrey, who fell to 3-6 on the season, took a step back after delivering a strong performance in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old struggled with his command against the A’s all night. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and issued five walks. Pelfrey also allowed all three runs on four hits and two homers.

The A’s got on the board early with a two-run shot to center field by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Pelfrey allowed another homer, a solo shot, to Matt Joyce to make it 3-0.

The White Sox bullpen staved off any further production and combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings between four relievers. But they weren’t able to generate any of their own.

Not even ejections from Tim Anderson and Rick Renteria could spark a cold offense.

The White Sox best chance came in the bottom of the ninth, where Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu opened with back-to-back singles. After an Avisail Garcia flyout, Todd Frazier popped one over A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, but Abreu was thrown out at second. Matt Davidson flew out to center field at the warning track to end the game.

Friday marked the start of a season-long 10-game homestand, somewhere the White Sox were happy to be after playing 15 of their last 19 on the road.