(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 21, San Diego State 13
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Jimmy Clausen threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 21-13 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Notre Dame Stadium.
Clausen, who was picked off twice, completed 21-of-34 attempts in the Notre Dame (1-0) victory, while Golden Tate grabbed six balls for 93 yards and a score for the Irish.
Ryan Lindley threw for 274 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another to lead San Diego State (0-2) and former quarterback Darren Mougey had five receptions for 97 yards and a score in the losing effort.
Despite the loss, Lindley remained positive about his team's effort. "We came out and fought really hard and especially coming back after last week which was a little embarrassing to come here and play with these guys was better. Our offense was moving the ball and I told everyone I was proud of them."
Echoing the sentiments of Lindley, Mougey was also encouraged with the play of the Aztecs for the most part. "We played Notre Dame, but I'm not satisfied with the game. I'm proud of this team, we fought hard, we showed a lot of good things as a team but we have to learn to finish and to win these games. We came in knowing we had a chance, we just have to finish."
San Diego State struck first as Lindley scored on a one-yard plunge midway through the second period to give the Aztecs a 7-0 lead.
The Irish responded late in the frame, tying the contest on a 22-yard completion from Clausen to Michael Floyd.
Lindley found Mougey for a 15-yard scoring strike midway through the third period, but the extra point missed, forcing the Aztecs to settle for a 13-7 advantage.
Clausen gave the Irish their first lead of the day early in the final period, hitting Tate on a 38-yard connection. "I don't know what happened," Tate commented after the game. "I was running and got on top of the guy. I focused on the catch and got it."
Clausen added to the Notre Dame lead late in the fourth, connecting with David Grimes for a six-yard touchdown that accounted for the final score of the contest.
The Irish converted a mere 3-of-12 on third down in the contest, but when it counted most the offense for the home team took control, keeping possession of the ball for more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame opened its 120th season of college football by playing in front of the 200th straight sellout crowd.
09/06 21:40:27 ET