Tommy Rees Leads Notre Dame to Victory

After sitting for the game’s first 58 minutes, Coach Brian Kelly called on the former Lake Forest High School star for the winning drive.

came off the bench for Notre Dame to run a two minute drill and lead the Fighting Irish on a 12-play 55-yard scoring drive to defeat Purdue, 20-17, in the closing seconds today in South Bend.

Rees entered the game in a backup role but when Purdue tied the contet, 17-17, with just over two minutes remaining, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly decided to insert the veteran Rees.

“We decided we would go with the guy who had experience in these situations,” Kelly said after the game on an interview with NBC Television. Tommy has been in these situations before.”

Facing third and 10 on the Purdue 41 with just over 30 seconds remaining, Rees connected with Robbie Toma on a 21-yard completion to set up the winning 37-yard field goal.

After spiking the ball to stop the clock, running it to the middle of the field to take a knee and spiking it again, Rees put the Fighting Irish in position for a 37-yard field goal. Kyle Brindza made the kick.

“I just wanted to find a way to win the game,” Rees said in the NBC interview on the field after the game. “We didn’t want to go into overtime.”

Notre Dame is 2-0 for the season.

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BIG10SCOUT September 09, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Yeah, Tommy. Its not whether you fall, its how fast you get up. Rees's ability to rise to the occasion after some struggles is a great lesson for all who are watching. I hope he continues to get his fair chances.
Me September 09, 2012 at 02:30 PM
So....he threw one pass, threw the ball into the turf and then ran to the middle of the field and dropped to the ground. Not a bad day's work.
BIG10SCOUT September 09, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Wow, Me. Do you realize the thousands of hours he probably spent working over the years to be able to come in and lead a drive with 50,000 plus fans creating a pressure cooker environment with only 2 minutes on the clock? Anyone who knows Indiana knows that the Purdue-Notre Dame game was an intense rivalry this year, and it was an amazing game. Is it rocket science? No; does it bring joy and a sense of community? Yes. What Rees did takes leadership and courage and to bounce back from a pretty public difficulty takes resilience and character. That's much more than a day's work, and belittling him and his effort speaks volumes about your perspective and your comments.


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