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Instant analysis: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14

10/20/2012

Notre Dame survived the "trap" game against BYU, winning 17-14. The Irish will visit Oklahoma next week at 7-0. Here's how it went down Saturday.

It was over when: Theo Riddick rushed for 6 yards on a third-and-5 with a little more than three minutes left, allowing Notre Dame to escape against a BYU team that had just one timeout left. Down by three with 6:19 left and at the Notre Dame 34, BYU had chosen to punt one drive earlier. The Cougars got the ball back at their own 20 with 22 seconds left and no timeouts, and Danny Spond picked off Riley Nelson with 2 seconds remaining to ice it.

Game ball goes to: Riddick came up huge for the Irish, rushing for 143 yards on just 15 carries. The key play came on a third-and-1 late in the third quarter, when Riddick somehow escaped a pile at his own 37 and managed to go 55 yards, setting up a field goal for the Irish. Cierre Wood deserves plenty of credit as well, adding 114 yards on 18 carries.

Stat of the game: Notre Dame's defense entered this game having gone 17 straight quarters without a touchdown. The Irish gave up two in a span of 2:28 in the second quarter. In their defense, they were given a short field to play with on the second one after Kyle Van Noy recorded an interception off Tommy Rees at the Notre Dame 30-yard line. (And, in Rees' defense, his pick was a dropped pass by DaVaris Daniels that went up in the air.)

Stat of the game, Part 2: Notre Dame attempted just three passes in the second half. Rees was 6-for-his-first-7 in the first quarter but did not complete a pass on his next seven throws. He finished 7-of-16 for 117 yards with a touchdown and a pick.