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                    === No. 14 Notre Dame handles Temple ===
 
 South  Bend,  IN  (Sports  Network)  - Tommy  Rees'  return  to  the  starting
 quarterback's role was a smashing success, with the Notre Dame senior throwing
 for  a  career-best 346  yards along  with three touchdowns  to lead the 14th-
 ranked Fighting Irish to a convincing 28-6 season-opening win over Temple.
 
 Rees,  a 12-game  starter in  2011  who backed  up Everett  Golson during  the
 Irish's  run to  the BCS National Championship Game last season, completed 16-
 of-23  passes and  fired a pair of 32-yard scoring strikes to DaVarris Daniels
 to help Notre Dame (1-0) head coach Brian Kelly earn his 200th career victory.
 
 After the game, the school announced Kelly agreed to a contract extension
 through the 2017 season.
 
 "A  great  win for our  football team," said  Kelly. "Openers are probably for
 coaches the most difficult because the preparation and the planning, you don't
 know what to expect, really."
 
 T.J.  Jones came  up with a big  game as well for the Fighting Irish, amassing
 a personal-best 138 yards on six receptions.
 
 Golson  was suspended  for  the fall  semester for  failing  to fill  academic
 obligations.
 
 Connor  Reilly threw for  228 yards on 23-of-46 passing while adding 65 on the
 ground  for Temple  (0-1), but the Owls  allowed 543 total yards in head coach
 Matt Rhule's debut.
 
 "I  was proud of  the fact that they didn't quit at the end," said Temple head
 coach  Matt Rhule. "I  thought for long portions of the game, they proved that
 they  can play  with that team. Those  first two drives were obviously not the
 way  we wanted to  play. The offense, I thought, at times went up and down the
 field and had 230 yards at halftime, 240 yards at halftime."
 
 Notre Dame's defense then forced a quick three-and-out, and Rees went right to
 work  again.  His next pass hit  Jones in stride  for a 51-yard gain deep into
 enemy  territory, and Daniels burned the Owls' secondary again for another 32-
 yard touchdown grab two plays later to put Temple in a quick 14-0 hole.
 
 The  Owls were able  to get something going near the end of the first quarter,
 but  an  extended drive that got  as far as  the Irish 15 ended without points
 after Jim Cooper misfired on a 32-yard field goal attempt.
 
 Cooper  missed wide right from 43 yards out on Temple's next possession, which
 again  got into the red zone before being backed up by a delay of game penalty
 and Stephon Tuitt's sack of Reilly.
 
 The  Owls finally  got  on the  board  late  in the  first  half, with  Reilly
 directing  a 9-play,  78-yard sequence highlighted by completions of 26 and 20
 yards to Ryan Alderman and Romond Deloatch, respectively. Deloatch's catch set
 up  a 1st-and-goal that  Kenny Harper cashed in with a 1-yard plunge that came
 1:01 prior to the intermission.
 
 Cooper's  extra point  try was blocked by Jarron Jones, however, and the Owls'
 momentum  was  swiftly stopped  when Rees  hit tight end  Troy Niklas over the
 middle  for a  tide-turning 66-yard touchdown that enabled Notre Dame to enter
 the break owning a 21-6 advantage.
 
 Temple  did make a bid to get back in it, with Reilly coming up with a pair of
 big  third-down completions  as the Owls took the initial series of the second
 half  inside the  Notre Dame 10. However, the Irish defense stiffened to force
 four straight incompletions and the Owls turned the ball over on downs.
 
 Notre  Dame  proceeded to  churn out  94 yards in  just seven plays, including
 Rees'  33-yard pass  to  Chris  Brown that  set  up  George Atkinson's  2-yard
 touchdown  that  gave the  Irish a 22-point  lead with 5:37  left in the third
 quarter.
 
 The  Owls failed  to threaten  from  that moment  on, with  their final  drive
 stopped on downs at the Irish 33 following a Reilly incompletion.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Rees'  previous  career high for  passing yards was  334, set against Tulsa on
 Oct.  30, 2010 ...  Jones had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career,
 surpassing  a  97-yard output against  Wake Forest  during November 17 of last
 season  ... Of  Kelly's 200  wins, 29  have come  at Notre  Dame and  118 were
 compiled  at  Division II  Grand Valley  State from 1991-2003.  He also won 34
 games  at Cincinnati  (2006-09) and 19 at Central Michigan (2004-06) ... Rhule
 was  a Temple assistant for six years from 2006-11 and the assistant offensive
 line coach of the New York Giants last season.
 
 
 
 09/01 01:43:54 ET