October 20, 2012 - Rees to the Rescue

After a dramatic victory against Stanford the week before in which Everett Golson was displaying concussion-like symptoms, Tommy Rees would get the start against BYU. With a trip to Norman, OK next week the Irish tried not to look ahead but were not taking any chances with Golson. Students returned to campus early, cutting their fall break short.

The game started off with Rees finding Tyler Eifert a couple of times and the duo of Wood/Riddick provided ground support. But Kyle Brindza's field goal attempt would go wide. The next possession, Manti Te'o cut short any hope for BYU as he picked off Riley Nelson's pass. Notre Dame would not capitalize after Rees got sacked. Later in the quarter, Rees would find Eifert once more for a touchdown and an early lead.

This lead would not last long as BYU scored a touchdown in the second quarter. The following possession Rees would be picked off and BYU would score another touchdown to take a 14-7 lead. Before halftime, Brindza would miss a second field goal from 28 yards this time and the team headed into the locker room at halftime trailing for the second week in a row.

In the third, the defense would stand strong and aided by a missed 40-yard field goal by BYU's kicker, the offense would be able to take the field again. Theo Riddick took off on a 55-yard run in which he was able to keep his knee up, hand down, and broke through the line for a big gain to the 8-yard line. Notre Dame would settle of a field goal and ended the third quarter still trailing by four.

Continuing a drive from the third quarter, Notre Dame used a 32-yard pass to TJ Jones and a 19-yard rush by Riddick to set up a touchdown run by George Atkinson and the Irish retook the lead. BYU would go on a long drive starting on their own 8. They made it all the way to the ND 34 until they punted the ball away. With 6:10 left to play, Notre Dame ran the ball nine times for three first downs running 5:48 off the clock until they punted the ball back to BYU. With 22 seconds remaining, and every fan holding their breath (figuratively, they were literally screaming as loud as they could), Danny Spond intercepted the BYU pass and cemented a second consecutive come-from-behind victory for Notre Dame.

        1  2 3 4   F
   BYU  0 14 0 0  14
#5 ND   7  0 3 7  17

For the first time since 2002 and the 25th time overall, Notre Dame started the season 7-0.

Keywords: football, stanford, everett golson, tommy rees, brigham young, theo riddick, cierre wood, kyle brindza, manti teo, tj jones, george atkinson, danny spond

Posted On: 2013-01-24 00:15:06 by IrishTrpt07


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