There are plenty of aspects to this year's Notre Dame team that one could look at and say "well, that wouldn't have happened last year." T.J. Jones' game-winning touchdown catch against Stanford, though, stands out as one of them from Saturday's game.
With the ball on Stanford's 7-yard line in overtime, Jones ran a slant route toward the end zone. Tommy Rees' pass was soft and behind the junior wide receiver, who managed to adjust and make a difficult catch to net the Irish what turned out to be a game-winning touchdown.
"Unbelievable," Rees said of Jones' catch. "It was a bad throw, to be honest, and he did a great job outside in making a play for us and he's done a good job all year coming in."
While Jones' numbers may not be to the eye-popping level of former Irish wideout Michael Floyd -- 19 receptions, 235 yards, two touchdowns -- his growth as a receiver has made him Notre Dame's most dependable target not named Tyler Eifert.
"We don't have another Michael Floyd here anymore," Jones said last week. "Last year, it was him. When we were in a tough situation, and we needed someone to be an example, we looked to Michael Floyd. So I chose for myself to be that example."
Coach Brian Kelly credited Jones' grab to the recevier's route-running ability, and dropped the "G" word when referring to him Saturday.
"He came out of his break, came back six yards for the ball. Great receivers do that," Kelly said. "They come back and get the football. They don't stand waiting for it. And that's been his progression."
For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.
The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.
Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.
Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.
Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
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