No. 5 Notre Dame beats BYU 17-14 behind Riddick

No. 5 Notre Dame beats BYU 17-14 behind Riddick
October 20, 2012, 6:53 pm
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Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert , left, makes a catch over BYU defensive back Preston Hadley for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Theo Riddick ran for a career-high 143 yards, Cierre Wood added 114 yards as No. 5 Notre Dame rallied for a 17-14 victory on Saturday.

Riddick had runs of 55 and 27, the two longest rushes of his career, to pace Notre Dame (7-0), which is off to its best start in a decade and has a big game ahead against No. 10 Oklahoma next week. The Cougars (4-4) fell to 0-3 on the road as they surrendered a season-high 270 yards rushing by an opponent.

Backup quarterback Tommy Rees, starting in place of injured Everett Golson, completed 6 of 7 passes in the first quarter for 86 yards and a touchdown, completing four of those to Tyler Eifert. But Rees went cold later and the Irish attempted only three passes in the second half.