Kirk Herbstreit was in Columbus for Week 1 as part of the broadcast team covering the Notre Dame vs. Ohio State matchup to open the season.

The top-5 battle lived up to the hype and was dramatic deep into the fourth quarter. Despite entering the game as a 17-point underdog, Marcus Freeman’s Fighting Irish squad went toe-to-toe with the Buckeyes.

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In the end, Ohio State rallied without star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba behind a ground game that wore down Notre Dame. Miyan Williams in particular took over a drive late in the fourth quarter to ice the game away.

On Sunday morning, Herbstreit reacted to the “incredible game & atmosphere” in Columbus. He noted the Irish came well-prepared but praised the Buckeyes for coming up with an “old-fashioned” style to put the game away.

That versatility is something that should serve the Buckeyes well heading into the heart of B1G play later in the season. After the game, head coach Ryan Day noted Ohio State is intent on proving it has a physical edge this season, saying that the Buckeyes want to be known for something more than just talent.

We’ll see if Ohio State continues to establish that edge in Week 2. For now, the Buckeyes leave Week 1 with a huge impression made.