No. 14 ranked Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead and coasted to victory over Temple, 28-6, in the season opener.
Quarterback Tommy Rees showed off pinpoint accuracy early in the game. Rees finished the game completing 16-of-24 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
Rees jumped out to a quick start, completing his first four passes, two of which went for touchdowns.
Rees threw two touchdowns to DaVaris Daniels who finished the day with three catches for 69 yards. TJ Jones was the favorite target of the day, hauling in six passes for 138 yards. Tight end Troy Niklas only had one reception on the day, but it was for 66 yards and a touchdown.
The Irish used a liberal rotation at running back today. George Atkinson III got eight carries for 34 yards and found the end zone once.
Notre Dame was very prolific on offense, amassing 543 total yards.
The defense gave up 362 yards, but Temple only managed to find the end zone once. Notre Dame was able to come away with a fumble recovery.
Notre Dame struggled in the kicking game, missing two field goals. Neither Nick Tausch nor Kyle Brindza could find the range. Tausch was 4-for-4 on extra point attempts. Temple wasn’t much better with kicker Jim Cooper Jr. missing an extra point attempt and two field goals.
We’ll have more on this game in the next few days.
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