The Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have played their best game of the season Saturday night. The Irish upset the No. 22 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, 37-34, in the Shamrock Series.
Notre Dame managed to slow down one of the best offenses in the country. ASU managed 427 yards of offense but were held to a 31-percent conversion rate on third down. The Irish also forced three turnovers, two of which came in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to ice the game.
Tommy Rees had an outstanding game. Despite completing just 17-of-38 passes, Rees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns. He threw just one interception, but it was for a touchdown that kept ASU in the game late into the fourth.
TJ Jones led the Irish with eight receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. Tight ends Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack both had receptions for touchdowns as well.
Inside linebacker Dan Fox returned an interception for a touchdown with just over a minute left to play, essentially sealing victory for the Irish.
Kicker Kyle Brindza put a lot of doubts to rest after drilling 3-of-4 field goals. His lone miss was a 38-yarder.
The win improves the Irish to 4-2 with a bye week coming up.
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