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Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees eyeing his last home game

Updated: December 20, 2013 6:28AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees remembered the slow start. He remembered it raining a little bit.

Most of all, he remembered the reaction of his senior teammates after the Irish defeated Utah 28-3 on senior day in 2010.

‘‘I remember how happy [they were] and how much it meant to the seniors to get a big win like that against a ranked opponent in their last [home] game,’’ Rees said last week. ‘‘That was something that stuck with me for a long time. Guys like [offensive lineman] Chris Stewart and [running back] Rob Hughes. Guys I remember giving hugs after the game and them really being emotional and grateful for having that great of a win on their last day.

‘‘That’s something as a freshman I looked forward to as a senior — to have that moment — and now that moment has come.’’

Rees made the first start of his Notre Dame career that day. He’ll make his last home start Saturday against BYU.

The Irish are looking to bounce back after a 28-21 loss Nov. 9 at Pittsburgh. Rees passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in that game, but he also had two costly interceptions.

‘‘I take the burden; I’ll take
the responsibility for the game,’’ Rees said.

Rees ranks among the top five players in Notre Dame history in several passing categories,
including touchdowns (58). How would he like to be remembered?

‘‘People are entitled to their opinions,’’ he said. ‘‘Whatever they want to feel, they can. The only thing that matters to me is how my teammates feel. I know they’ve had my back, and I know they have positive things to say. The most important thing for me is the people in this building and how they feel about the kind of leader I was and the kind of guy I was. . . .

‘‘I’ve competed my entire
career here, and that’s something I try to hang my hat on.’’


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