Will Fuller, KeiVarae Russell lift Notre Dame late in 24-20 win at Temple

PHILADELPHIA -- Temple was less than five minutes away from pulling off an upset that would have reverberated throughout college football, but the Owls ultimately came up just short, as Notre Dame escaped with a 24-20 win. Will Fuller and KeiVarae Russell saved the night for the Fighting Irish, with Fuller hauling in the game-winning touchdown grab and Russell icing the contest with a late interception.

Here’s how everything went down Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field:

What the win means for Notre Dame: The Irish can exhale after a Halloween scare Saturday. Notre Dame fell behind 20-17 late in the fourth quarter but were saved by Fuller, who had a big third-down catch before hauling in a 17-yard touchdown grab with 2:09 left to put his team up for good. The Irish’s playoff hopes remain alive, and they will travel back to the Keystone State next week to face Pittsburgh. They then host Wake Forest, face Boston College at Fenway Park and travel to Stanford to close the regular season.

What the loss means for Temple: The Owls have nothing to hang their heads about, as they fell to 7-1 but remain undefeated in American Athletic Conference play. All of their goals remain ahead of them, as they finish with SMU on Friday before going to USF, hosting Memphis and hosting University of UConn over their final four games. If Temple wins the American, it will likely be the front-runner for the Group of 5 bid to a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Top play: Russell made a fantastic diving interception with 1:08 left to stop Temple late. You can’t play it much better than Russell did there, as he made his second great fourth-quarter pick in as many games. This one kept Notre Dame's playoff hopes alive.

Stat of the game: 69,280. That was the announced attendance for the sellout crowd Saturday, a Temple home-game record.