Scores

Final

BYU 13

(7-4)

Notre Dame 23

(8-3)

Coverage: NBC

3:30 PM ET, November 23, 2013

Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN

1 2 3 4 T
BYU 7 0 6 013
ND 14 3 3 323

Top Performers

Passing: T. Rees (ND) - 235 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. McDaniel (ND) - 24 CAR, 117 YDS

Receiving: D. Daniels (ND) - 6 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Cam McDaniel helps Irish bounce back to beat BYU

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Tommy Rees, booed a year ago at Notre Dame Stadium when he was brought in late against Purdue, finished his last home game to chants of "Tommy" as the clock ran out in a 23-13 victory over BYU on Saturday.

"That was a very special moment. We've been through a lot, this entire senior class. Not only on the team, but everybody here," Rees said. "They could have chanted anyone's name, it's a whole senior class effort, but that was definitely a memory I'll hold very closely for a long time."

Rees got the Fighting Irish (8-3) going with a 61-yard touchdown pass to DaVaris Daniels on Notre Dame's first possession, then set up a 2-yard TD run by Tarean Folston with a 30-yard pass to TJ Jones as the Irish rebounded from a disappointing 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.

The game was played in intermittent snow, with temperatures in the 20s and winds gusting to 30 mph. The field was worn and torn despite being replaced a little more than a month ago. Several times, ball carriers fell as they tried to make cuts. But the Irish improved to 13-1-3 all-time in games where it snows, with the lone loss coming to Indianapolis Artillery in 1895.

Coach Brian Kelly said the Notre Dame staff asked the Irish to focus on doing the little things right, which they lacked against Pitt.

"I think all of our players, in particular our seniors, really rallied to those things," Kelly said.

Rees was 15-of-28 passing for 235 yards and the Irish rushed for 235 yards, led by a career-high 117 by Cam McDaniel. Folston added 78 yards on 13 carries as the Irish amassed 470 yards of total offense.

"It was kind of an offensive lineman's dream today, with the wind and running the ball," tackle Zack Martin said. "We wanted to impose our will on them, and in the snow, it was kind of a nice little ending there."

Kyle Brindza kicked three field goals, including a 51-yarder, for the Irish. Kelly said despite the weather conditions, Brindza was in his face wanting to try the long field goal.

"When you've got a guy with that kind of confidence asking to kick the football, it makes it easier for me to make a decision to put him out there," Kelly said. "He's a great weapon for us."

BYU (7-4), which had a 7-yard TD pass from Taysom Hill to JD Falslev in the first quarter, closed to 20-13 when Justin Sorensen kicked a 27-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the third quarter. The Cougars couldn't get any closer.

BYU had a chance to make a game of it with less than five minutes remaining when Paul Lasike broke off a 46-yard run, running over Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley, before being tackled by KeiVarae Russell at the 6. But the Cougars could only gain 2 yards on the next three plays. A 22-yard field goal attempt by Sorensen was deflected by nose guard Jarron Jones, ending BYU's last threat.

"The defense did a good job of stopping us in the red zone," Falslev said. "We just have to execute. If we execute, this is a whole different ballgame."

Hill passed for 168 yards and he and Lasike each rushed for 101 yards for BYU. But Notre Dame held Jamaal Williams, who entered the game averaging 116 yards a game, to 43.

"I think excluding the first series, they did a nice job on Jamaal, especially on inside runs," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I thought they did a nice job on Taysom on our designed runs."

Several Irish players switched numbers for the game. Freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith wore No. 13, instead of his usual No. 9, to honor linebacker Danny Spond, who ended his playing career before the season after suffering a paralyzing migraine headache. Senior wide receiver Luke Massa wore No. 78 in honor of high school teammate Matt James, a Notre Dame recruit who died when he fell from a Florida balcony during spring break.

The victory marked the first time Notre Dame hadn't trailed in a game since the opener against Temple. Rees improved to 22-7 as a starter, and may be best remembered for the role he played as a backup last season in helping the Irish to the national championship game.

He said simply being a winner is good enough.

"It doesn't matter how you win games, as long as you get that W," he said. "Just someone that gave everything he had to this university and this football program."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BYU
ND
1st Downs2324
Total Yards415470
Passing168235
Rushing247235
Penalties6-474-25
3rd Down Conversions11-208-16
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers11
Possession26:0933:51

Passing Leaders

Brigham YoungC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill21/361684.711
Notre DameC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rees15/282358.411

Rushing Leaders

Brigham YoungCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill241014.2016
Lasike410125.3046
Notre DameCARYDSAVGTDLG
McDaniel241174.9032
Folston13786.0143

Receiving Leaders

Brigham YoungRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ridley6528.7012
Hoffman5499.8015
Notre DameRECYDSAVGTDLG
Daniels610717.8161
Jones59519.0032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBYUND
TD10:11DaVaris Daniels 61 Yd Pass From Tommy Rees (Kyle Brindza Kick) 07
TD06:48JD Falslev 7 Yd Pass From Taysom Hill (Justin Sorensen Kick) 77
TD04:43Tarean Folston 2 Yd Run (Kyle Brindza Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERBYUND
FG07:35Kyle Brindza 26 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERBYUND
FG12:48Kyle Brindza 26 Yd 720
FG08:20Justin Sorensen 31 Yd 1020
FG00:39Justin Sorensen 27 Yd 1320
FOURTH QUARTERBYUND
FG06:53Kyle Brindza 51 Yd 1323