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Notre Dame kicks way to Pinstripe Bowl victory over Rutgers

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Tommy Rees passed for 319 yards in his final game for Notre Dame, but it was the leg of kicker Kyle Brindza who helped Notre Dame put away Rutgers in a 29-16 victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The Irish defense was tested at times by Rutgers but managed to come up with the big stops and forced three turnovers (not including an interception on the final play of the game) to capture a win in Yankee Stadium.

Just hours before kickoff the Irish suspended running back George Atkinson III for a violation of team rules. Tarean Folston got the start for the Irish anyway and led Notre Dame with 73 rushing yards and a touchdown. Cam McDaniel also contributed with 73 yards as Notre Dame found a rhythm on the ground in the second half to pull away from Rutgers, who ends the season with a 6-7 record. The real player of the game for Notre Dame was place kicker Brindza, who successfully kicked five of his six field goal attempts.

Both programs will now enter an offseason centered around changes for the program. Rutgers is off to join the Big Ten while Notre Dame will remain independent in football but begin a new scheduling agreement with the ACC. The Irish will also have some shoes to fill on the coaching staff and on the defensive line.

Notre Dame’s 2014 outlook could be a bit more promising after taking a step back from the national stage in 2013. Quarterback Everett Golson will give the offense a spark if he returns in good shape starting this spring. Golson’s absence from the team this season due to academic suspension threw a curveball at the Irish heading in to the year, but Notre Dame has some jobs to fill before even thinking about what the roster will look like. Notre Dame must replace both coordinators this offseason after both were hired away to serve as head coaches elsewhere. The defense will also lose some key players with Louis Nix III on his way to the NFL and Stephon Tuitt potentially joining him.

Rutgers will now begin to make the transition in to the Big Ten. Rutgers will join Maryland as new members of the conference next summer and begin competing in the Big Ten’s new eastern division along with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Indiana. Rutgers will have their work cut out for them in their debut in the new conference. Rutgers will make their Big Ten debut at home against Penn State and will also host Michigan and Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights will also visit Ohio State and Michigan State.

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13 Responses to “Notre Dame kicks way to Pinstripe Bowl victory over Rutgers”
  1. irishdodger says: Dec 28, 2013 3:46 PM

    Brindza had a nice game but there’s no question in my mind that LT Zach Martin was the MVP.

  2. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 28, 2013 3:50 PM

    Let me start by saying i’m a huge Wisconsin fan.

    Rutgers and Maryland are leaving their respective conferences as if they are already in the big ten. With a loss to end the season in whatever bowl they played in. Should be a good fit for years to come.

  3. nickp91 says: Dec 28, 2013 3:55 PM

    Congrats to Notre Dame on a big bowl win

  4. dhardy8207 says: Dec 28, 2013 4:35 PM

    Congrats to the Irish…

  5. mule124 says: Dec 28, 2013 4:44 PM

    Notre Dame is the biggest joke in college football. They would pick all weak, junior colleges to play to say they are winners. Wow, they beat Rutger’s, big deal. I guess they couldn’t get Appalachian State University. Against any real teams (Oregon, Stanford, etc) they would find out who they really are.

  6. poopiedumdum says: Dec 28, 2013 4:54 PM

    Mule:

    Notre Dame played 10 bowl eligible teams this year, three of which are in BCS bowl games, one of which they beat. All, with a backup qb with the prowess of a goat. Additionally, notre dame is one of only three teams in the history of the BCS era to NEVER play an FCS team.

    You sir are an idiot. Why so bitter this Holiday season? Find out who they are? What does that even mean?

    Congrats to the Irish, it was going to be a rough season from the get go and yet you managed a respectable nine win season with both surprising wins and losses. Lots of young talent coming back next year, including a qb who packed on 24 lbs of muscle under the guidance of the hottest qb coach in the game.

  7. irishdodger says: Dec 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    @poopie:

    One could make a case that ND was forced to go with their 3rd string QB all season as Gunner Kiel looked to have been the starter had he not transferred.

  8. imaduffer says: Dec 28, 2013 6:29 PM

    Wow! Notre Dame won a bowl game. I’m sure all the fans of Alabama are impressed.

  9. footballnut85 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:32 PM

    Mule and duffer…you are a pair of morons!

  10. denverdude7 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:48 PM

    Yaaaawn…

    Well, at least yet another “We’re Just Here To Sell More Beer Bowl” is over.

    Really, how many meaningless bowl games do we have to endure?

  11. imaduffer says: Dec 28, 2013 8:46 PM

    footballnut85 ,

    Yeah, I guess when you move up to the ACC you become relevent.

  12. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 28, 2013 10:52 PM

    denverdude7 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:48 PM

    Yaaaawn…

    Well, at least yet another “We’re Just Here To Sell More Beer Bowl” is over.

    Really, how many meaningless bowl games do we have to endure?
    ———————————————————

    Hey denverdude,

    I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: You don’t have to “endure” any of them if you don’t want to! No, seriously, you don’t. Let me tell you why, and you might not know this. TVs these days come with something called a remote. It’s this wild new invention that allows you to actually change the channel and watch something else if you don’t like what is on the channel you’re currently watching! Crazy, I know, but they really do exist! It’s awesome!

  13. jcfromdallas says: Dec 29, 2013 2:20 AM

    Rutgers? Big 10? Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan? We are sooooooo screwed…..

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