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Instant Reaction: Notre Dame Defeats Temple 28-6

Quick reaction to the Irish season opening win against Temple.

Jonathan Daniel

The Irish made some big plays on offense, looked asleep at the wheel on defense at times, but calmly cruised to a 28-6 victory over Temple to open the 2013 season. The win was head coach Brian Kelly's 200th of his career---and he also picked up a contract extension from the University as well.

  • Total offensive yardage was 543 for Notre Dame and 362 for Temple.
  • Each team missed two field goals a piece.
  • Notre Dame didn't commit a turnover.
  • Tommy Rees threw for a career high 346 yards and tossed 3 touchdowns.
  • TJ Jones led the receivers with 138 yards.
  • DaVaris Daniels looked to tweak a groin early but still caught a couple touchdowns.
  • Only one catch by the tight ends but it was a big 66-yard touchdown to Troy Niklas.
  • All five Irish running backs got carries, led by Carlisle's 68 yards.
  • The defense gave up 4.7 yards per play which isn't great but less than the Navy opener last year.
  • Temple ran 76 offensive plays to just 62 for Notre Dame.
  • 10 different players caught passes for Temple.
  • The Owls ran for a surprising 134 yards but nearly half of that production came from quarterback Connor Reilly.
  • Not a very inspiring effort from the Irish defense but a ton of players got in on the action---more than I've ever seen a Notre Dame rotate under Brian Kelly.

Michigan under the lights next weekend. Full game recap coming on Monday.