South Bend, Ind. • BYU's defense, a facet of Cougar football left to take pride in, couldn't quite measure up against Notre Dame here on Saturday in a 17-14 loss. Although it had some success throughout the afternoon, it couldn't stop the Irish offense when it had to and it couldn't outperform an Irish D that ranks high in numerous national categories.
"We played pretty well," said Cougar linebacker Brandon Ogletree. "We had to do a better job of [stopping] their running game."
That was a bit of an issue. In a game that didn't push offensive football toward any kind of new benchmark, BYU allowed 270 rushing yards. The Irish had two backs Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood who rushed for more than 100 yards each. Riddick had 143 and Wood 114.