Everett Golson will get the start at QB vs. Sooners
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org October 20, 2012 11:52PM
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:55AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Coach Brian Kelly said his starting quarterback would be a game-time decision, but backup Tommy Rees found out he was starting a day earlier. Kelly said he simply wasn’t convinced Everett Golson (concussion) was ready after returning to practice Wednesday.
Golson, though, will start Saturday at Oklahoma, Kelly said.
“I just felt like this was the best thing to do,” Kelly said. “He was supportive; he was great on the sideline. But he clearly wanted to get in there, as well. We feel like we’ve got a kid now that’s 100 percent ready to go for Oklahoma.”Rees didn’t do much to ignite a quarterback controversy. After a strong first quarter in which he went 6-for-7 for 86 yards and a touchdown — finding tight end
Tyler Eifert four times for 73 yards and the score — he completed only one pass the rest of the way, finishing 7-for-16 for 117 yards with the touchdown and an interception that hit receiver DaVaris Daniels in the hands. “I’ll let others assess [my performance],” Rees said. “I played well enough to get a win, but I didn’t play well enough to get the offense going.”
“I’ll let others assess [my performance],” Rees said. “I played well enough to get a win, but I didn’t play well enough to get the offense going.”
The defense rests
Notre Dame’s defense went 17 quarters without allowing a touchdown. Its next streak lasted barely two minutes. BYU quarterback Riley Nelson found Cody Hoffman for a six-yard TD in the second quarter.It was the first TD the Irish had allowed since the fourth quarter against Purdue on Sept. 8. And after Rees was intercepted three snaps later at the ND 30, BYU quickly put it back in the end zone, taking a 14-7 lead.