Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees has career game in win over Temple
BY LaMOND POPE firstname.lastname@example.org | @lamondpope August 31, 2013 10:58PM
Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, right, jumps into the arms of Chris Watt after making a touchdown catch against Temple during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
NOTRE DAME 28,
Temple 0 6 0 0 — 6
Notre Dame 14 7 7 0 — 28
ND—Daniels 32 pass from Rees (Tausch kick), 13:34.
ND—Daniels 32 pass from Rees (Tausch kick), 10:19.
Tem—Harper 1 run (kick blocked), 1:01.
ND—Niklas 66 pass from Rees (Tausch kick), :43.
ND—G.Atkinson 2 run (Tausch kick), 5:37.
TEAM STATISTICS Tem ND
First downs 25 21
Rushes-yards 29-134 35-188
Passing 228 355
Comp-Att-Int 23-47-0 17-27-0
Return Yards 4 23
Punts-Avg. 5-48.0 5-41.2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-40 9-63
Time of Possession 28:07 31:53
RUSHING—Temple, Reilly 12-65, Z.Williams 7-33, Gilmore 3-17, Coyer 1-14, Harper 6-5. Notre Dame, Carlisle 7-68, McDaniel 12-65, G.Atkinson 8-34, Folston 5-14, Bryant 2-12, Rees 1-(minus 5).
PASSING—Temple, Reilly 23-46-0-228, Team 0-1-0-0. Notre Dame, Rees 16-23-0-346, Hendrix 1-4-0-9.
RECEIVING—Temple, Alderman 4-65, Coyer 4-39, Christopher 3-25, Harper 2-23, Fitzpatrick 2-16, Benjamin 2-12, Hairston 2-12, Z.Williams 2-12, Deloatch 1-20, Karpinski 1-4. Notre Dame, T.Jones 6-138, Daniels 3-69, C.Brown 3-57, Carlisle 2-5, Niklas 1-66, G.Atkinson 1-11, Folston 1-9.
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Updated: October 2, 2013 6:47AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The first pass of the day went for 32 yards and a touchdown.
It turns out, senior quarterback Tommy Rees was just getting warmed up.
He finished with a career-high 346 passing yards in Notre Dame’s 28-6 victory Saturday against Temple.
Rees completed 16 of 23 passes. He had three touchdown passes and no interceptions as the Irish cruised in their opener in front of 80,795 fans at Notre Dame Stadium.
“It was good enough to win the game,” Rees said of his performance. “We had some missed opportunities out there that we had to fix as an offense, but [I’m] pleased with how the entire offense played. We had opportunities to take advantage of some big plays, which we did.”
Rees threw two 32-yard touchdown passes to DaVaris Daniels. Rees also connected on a 66-yard touchdown with tight end Troy Niklas.
“Obviously, a lot of the questions coming in were if we could push the ball down the field,” coach Brian Kelly said. “I think we answered a lot of those questions right away with his ability to push the ball down the field. I thought his patience was better, and it will continue to get better.”
Seven Notre Dame players had at least one catch. Wide receiver TJ Jones had six receptions for a career-high 138 yards. Daniels had three catches for 69 yards and the two TDs. He left the game in the second quarter with what Kelly termed a “slight groin” injury and did not return. It was a precautionary measure, Kelly said.
The Irish had 543 yards of offense.
“We had hoped he’d throw the ball to us once or twice, and he didn’t,” Temple coach Matt Rhule said. “He had maybe one overthrow.”
That sharpness was evident from the first pass, one of the 32-yard strikes to Daniels. The play capped a three-play, 77-yard drive that only took 1:26.
Notre Dame’s next possession took only 1:01 and ended with another Rees-to-Daniels 32-yard touchdown.
“To get early leads is great for the team morale,” Rees said.
Temple’s only score came on a one-yard run by Kenny Harper with 1:01 left in the first half. Temple hurt itself by missing two field goals earlier in the half.
The Irish responded quickly to Temple’s touchdown. Rees hit Niklas over the middle, and he rumbled for the 66-yard score that gave the Irish a 21-6 lead at the half.
Temple stalled at Notre Dame’s 6 on the first drive of the second half, and the Owls never threatened the rest of the way.
“We kind of slipped up there a little bit in the second quarter before Troy’s long score,’’ Rees said. ‘‘We had some missed opportunities, but I’m really proud of the way the guys kept chugging along and didn’t let a couple of stalls get us down. We kept moving forward, and it worked out.”