The Irish used a field goal, against two by BYU in the third quarter, to hold a late lead. Early in the fourth, a long Notre Dame drive was halted when Craig Bills intercepted a Tommy Rees pass in the end zone. Another Irish drive resulted in a 51-yard field goal with 6:53 remaining.
BYU attempted to cut the lead to seven in the closing minutes on a short field goal, but it was blocked.
Notre Dame scored on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Rees to DaVaris Daniels at the 10:11 mark of the first quarter. The Cougars answered with a 12-play, 71-yard move that included four conversions on four third downs and ended with a 7-yard TD pass from Taysom Hill to JD Falslev.
Before that initial quarter ended, Notre Dame stirred a 75-yard drive for a score, punctuated by a short Tarean Folston run to the left side, making it 14-7 with 4:43 to play. BYU then had a long drive stopped on 4th-and-two at the Irish 30.
In the second, a Notre Dame 26-yard field goal punched the Irish's lead to double digits. Another Irish drive stalled at the BYU 24. BYU tried a Hail Mary pass at the end of the half, but - really? - a Hail Mary against Notre Dame? It failed.