South Bend, Ind. • Paul Lasike has played himself a lot of rugged games in a lot of rugged conditions, but he never had faced or felt what he did Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium: a combo-pack of freezing temperatures, arctic blasts, bands of lake-effect snow blowing over a football field where the hitting was as painful as the bitter cold.
At the end, the BYU rugby-player-turned-running back from New Zealand felt the hurt of a 23-13 loss.
But he was one of two Cougars to rush for more than 100 yards against the Irish, who don't often give up that kind of yardage. He and Taysom Hill got 101 yards on the ground. The difference was, it took Hill 24 rushing attempts to get his gains. It took Lasike just four carries, including one burst that went for 46 yards. If he'd had one more gear to shift into, it might have ended in a touchdown.