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Up-and-down QB Rees has satisfying finale with Fighting Irish

NEW YORK — This nicely sums up Tommy Rees' Notre Dame career.

The senior threw for 319 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in his college finale, leading No. 25 Notre Dame to a 29-16 win against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl, which was far from pretty but successful. And an offensive lineman won the MVP award.

"I was giving Tommy a hard time," said senior tackle Zack Martin, who took the award. "I think he got snubbed a little bit."

For his finale, against one of the nation's worst pass defenses, Rees was 27-for-47. He missed some throws but was mistake free, and typically, he persevered.

"I loved the way we were able to stay calm and stay within our offense and continue to kind of monotonously move the ball down the field," Rees said.

Kyle Brindza hit five field goals for the Fighting Irish (9-4). Senior Chas Dodd had 156 yards passing for the Scarlet Knights (6-7).

Notre Dame suspended running back George Atkinson III and reserve cornerback Jalen Brown for the game for violating team rules.

Belk Bowl: T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return as North Carolina beat Cincinnati 39-17 for its first victory in the Charlotte, N.C., bowl in four tries. Marquise Williams threw for 171 yards and a score for the Tar Heels (7-6) in their first bowl win since 2010. Brandon Kay was held to 181 yards passing and no touchdowns for Cincinnati (9-4).

Late Friday: Bishop Sankey ran for 95 yards and two scores to tie Washington's touchdown record as the Huskies (9-4) beat BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco under interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo. Sankey, a junior, tied the mark of 38 TDs by George Wilson (1923-25). Taysom Hill ran for 133 yards and a touchdown for BYU (8-5).

Palmer keeps partner Fowler from choking

ESPN's Chris Fowler posted on his Twitter account that he needed broadcast partner Jesse Palmer to do the Heimlich maneuver on him during halftime of the Pinstripe Bowl to avoid choking.

"Never before needed a Heimlich at halftime. (Or any time)!" Fowler posted. "(Palmer) saved me from death by dry chicken sandwich. Really."

Fowler later posted, "To all concerned well-wishers: I'm fine. My call was better today post-Heimlich!"

Up-and-down QB Rees has satisfying finale with Fighting Irish 12/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 28, 2013 10:42pm]
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