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Golson to get start for Irish vs. Sooners

Tommy Rees AP

Before any lingering doubt festered into a controversy, Brian Kelly was quick to clarify the status of his quarterback position.

Everett Golson suffered a concussion in No. 5 Notre Dame’s overtime win over Stanford last weekend and, although he was medically cleared mid-week, sat in favor of Tommy Rees (pictured) for the come-from-behind win over BYU Saturday.  With a huge showdown against No. 10 Oklahoma looming on the near horizon,  Kelly left no doubt who would be under center.

“We feel like we’ve got a kid now that’s 100 percent ready to go for Oklahoma,” the Irish head coach said.

The decision was likely made easier by the play of Rees.  The junior, who’s started two games this season and relieved Golson in four games due to ineffective performance/injury on the part of the starter, completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 117 yards and an interception in the face of the Cougars’ stifling defense.

For his part, it appears that, if it would’ve been up to Golson, he would’ve been the one facing one of the top defenses in the country.

“He wanted to play,” Kelly said. “He made his case. I just felt like where we were (during the week) and my evaluation of him cumulatively, I felt like this was the best thing to do. He was supportive, he was great on the sideline. But he clearly, he really wanted to get in there as well.”

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19 Responses to “Golson to get start for Irish vs. Sooners”
  1. blitz4848 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:52 AM

    It won’t matter……who starts for Notre Dame.

    Their run is over! They can consider themselves the Champions of the B1g 10 and be done…..

    Oklahoma exposes how slow and B1g 10 like they really are: Sooners 31 Notre Dame 10 and it won’t be that close

  2. gatorguru says: Oct 21, 2012 11:08 AM

    Gotta think OU is gonna smoke these turds.

  3. zemaniak says: Oct 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    Spoken like a true gator , stay classy, “friend”

  4. zemaniak says: Oct 21, 2012 11:14 AM

    You might be right blutz, then aain, BIG12 is so god awful in defense we just might punch you in the mouth enough to win it! Go IRISH!

  5. gatorguru says: Oct 21, 2012 11:18 AM

    @ zemaniak

    “You might be right blutz, then aain, BIG12 is so god awful in defense we just might punch you in the mouth enough to win it”

    Aerosmith “Dream On”

  6. buckeye94 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:00 PM

    -_- to the ignorant person who keeps claiming NDis the champion of the big10…you do know that there not apart of that conference, actually if anything they would tech be part of the ACC…dumba**

  7. zemaniak says: Oct 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
    - Eleanor Roosevelt

    It’s all gravy from this point on anyway, nobody expected us to get this far. Be careful of a team that finds wats to win every week, that’s all i can say

  8. wjmoffatt says: Oct 21, 2012 12:25 PM

    Do realize the teams that Oklahoma has beaten up on since KState aren’t very good! Texas have given up ridiculous amount of points to bad teams, Ole Miss for example, and Kansas, really, even TTech got exposed by TCUs offense.
    So just to assume that Oklahoma will run over ND isn’t very wise, if you can punch Oklahoma and Landry Jones in the mouth, they tend to fold, watch the KState game over again and UTEP.

  9. zemaniak says: Oct 21, 2012 12:58 PM

    Smart man moffatt
    Big question mark will be the passing O vs D for both teams, and how Golson plays, he’ll be the X factor

  10. pudgalvin says: Oct 21, 2012 2:46 PM

    But zemaniak, Oklahoma dominated Florida A&M. They did ok versus UTEP too. I don’t know why ND would even bother to show up.

  11. dbldmr says: Oct 21, 2012 2:56 PM

    Based on what I’ve seen so far Notre Dame will bring an average offense, a talented defense, and a lot of enthusiasm and confidence to Norman. Don’t know if that will be enough, but they’re a tough bunch of kids. If they play to their capabilities then I would expect the same kind of game in which ND has played all season, not decided until late in the game.

  12. weebee526 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:32 PM

    Hey buckeye – funny how you can call others ignorant when it is obvious that you have no comprehension of basic English. Some things are not how they sound! Blowhard!

  13. irishking says: Oct 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    Golson will be back and in perfect condition to throw and run all over the field. Notre Dame will probably surprise everybody and give those Sooners a good rockin’ come Saturday.

  14. phreakin says: Oct 21, 2012 6:48 PM

    As much as i’d love to see the Irish keep rolling, I think this might be the game that ends it. I’ll be the first to say how wrong I was if they win but the Sooners are a really good team all around. Something I don’t think the Irish are.

    But like I said, I could be wrong and I still think it will be close. I’ll go 35-30 Sooners win.

  15. sassysooner says: Oct 22, 2012 9:27 AM

    O, D, and Special Teams are firing on all cylinders for the Sooners. LOVE the tradition and success of ND but we got their number, this year! BOOMER! ;)

  16. irishking says: Oct 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    Coach Brian Kelly has been known to have his teams get up for the big ones. ND should be ready to go and it likely will be one whale of an exciting college football game in Norman.

  17. sassysooner says: Oct 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    Agreed, irish! The whole state is excited to have a school like ND come to play…It’s a HUGE bonus that both teams are playing at the caliber that they are, too! Looking forward to it!

  18. domerhomer says: Oct 22, 2012 4:40 PM

    Irish 31 – Boomer 21…tears everywhere in Norman.

  19. irishdothis says: Oct 22, 2012 11:32 PM

    Hey buckeye. Do you think Ohio state is the best in the big 10? Well that’s a joke. Just win every game. You’ll be home for Xmas this year sir. Good day

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