No. 8 Notre Dame fell to 0-3 under head coach Marcus Freeman and 0-2 this season with a 26-21 loss to unranked Marshall on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
Khalan Laborn rushed for 163 yards on 31 carries and Steve Gilmore returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for Marshall (2-0). Texas Tech transfer Henry Colombi was 16 of 21 for 145 yards and one touchdown, a three-yard go-ahead score to Devin Miller.
Gilmore, the younger brother of Indianapolis Colts' cornerback Stephon Gilmore, picked off Tyler Buchner in the flat with 4:35 left in the game and a 26-15 lead.
Buchner finished 18 of 32 for 201 yards on the day. He added 44 rushing yards and two interceptions before exiting with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.
Drew Pyne entered and on his second play threw an interception to Owen Porter with 3:01 remaining. Pyne responded on the next drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Michael Mayer with 14 seconds left, but the two-point conversion failed.
Notre Dame failed to cover an onside kick, allowing Marshall to take a knee to run out the clock.
The home-opening loss snapped Notre Dame's FBS-best 42-game winning streak against unranked opponents. Freeman is the first coach in program history to start his coaching tenure with three losses.
Notre Dame is the third team since 2000 to start the season ranked in the top 5 and lose its first two games. The other two teams are 2017 Florida State and 2007 Michigan. The Seminoles and Wolverines finished 7-6 and 9-4, respectively, with bowl victories.
What's On Tap Next For Notre Dame?
The Irish will host California (2-0) on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 PM and the game will air on NBC and Peacock.