NOTRE DAME — On the coldest night of football Notre Dame has seen in two decades, the Irish defense had to play hot.
As snow flurries whipped around the stadium, the Irish defense channeled its bend-not-break recipe for success from 2012.
Tommy Rees and the Irish offense, which started out with two first-quarter touchdowns, cooled down the rest of the game. It was up to a senior-stacked defense to bring home a win on their final game in Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame improved to 8-3 with a 23-13 win over BYU (7-4).
The Irish held BYU, a team accustomed to 503 yards and 33 points a game, to 415 yards and just one touchdown.
The Cougars scored early in the first quarter and wouldn’t find the end zone again.
Underclassmen running backs Tarean Folston and Cam McDaniel led the Irish offense. McDaniel registered his first-ever 100-plus game with 108 yards, while Folston contributed 78 yards and a touchdown.