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ND quarterback Everett Golson’s benching doesn’t last long

Updated: November 8, 2012 12:26PM

Everett Golson was late to a team meeting on Friday. So coach Brian Kelly made him late to Saturday’s game.

“Our team rules are pretty simple as it relates to being on time,” Kelly said. “It wasn’t a big thing, but we have high standards and we hold all of our players to those standards.”

Golson said he was meeting with a professor and lost of track of time.

“I didn’t handle it in a way that I should have,” he said. “So me and Coach Kelly talked about it. I understand that was a violation of team rules.”

Tommy Rees, who has relieved Golson in two of the Irish’s wins, made his 17th career start.

But the punishment lasted three plays. After Rees wrapped two incompletions around a short pass to Theo Riddick, the Irish punted. A roughing-the-kicker penalty allowed the Irish to keep the ball, and Golson took over. The redshirt freshman promptly completed three passes, and broke off a 12-yard run to set up Riddick’s one-yard touchdown run.

“[Kelly] told me, ‘You’re going to get a series off,’ and I was going to be in right after that,” Golson said. “

Back in the mix

Notre Dame’s All-America tight end Tyler Eifert had one catch in the previous two games, but Golson was looking for him on Saturday. A tremendous, leaping grab for a 24-yard completion down the sideline set up Kyle Brindza’s first field goal of the game to give the Irish a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. It was the 100th catch of his career.

He added another catch later in the quarter, breaking a tie for second place in Irish history with John Carlson.

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