Former Alabama staffer Charles Huff led the Marshall Thundering Herd to a victory against the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 26-21 in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday afternoon.

Marshall got on the board first with a four-yard run by running back Khalan Laborn but only  recorded six points due to a missed extra point. Notre Dame answered with three minutes left in the half with a one-yard touchdown by running back Tyler Buchner and took the lead with a good extra point 7-6.

The Thundering Herd kicked two field goals, a 21-yard one with 15 seconds until halftime and a 20-yard one with 3:54 to go in the third quarter, leading 12-7.

Notre Dame retook the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter 15-12 with a Buchner one-yard rushing touchdown and two-point conversion, but a touchdown and pick-six on back-to-back possessions down the stretch sealed the victory for the green and white.

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The Fighting Irish went on to score one more touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.

Notre Dame only led twice, 7-6 in the second quarter and 15-12 in the third quarter.

According to sports business reporter for Action Network HQ Darren Rovell, Notre Dame paid Marshall $1.25 million to travel and play the Fighting Irish this season.

Huff spent two seasons with the Crimson Tide as the associate head coach and running backs coach from 2019-20, where he coached players like Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr.

He was hired by Marshall in January of 2021 and currently has a 9-6 overall coaching record.

Marshall is a perfect 2-0 on the season thus far, while Notre Dame is still searching for its first win.

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