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                           === Irish hold off ASU ===
 
 Arlington,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - Notre  Dame's stingy defense stifled the
 red-hot Taylor Kelly and the high-powered Arizona State offense just enough.
 
 It was a performance the Irish had been waiting for all season.
 
 Prince Shembo tallied three of Notre Dame's four sacks as the Irish topped No.
 22 Arizona State, 37-34, in the 2013 Shamrock Series.
 
 The game was tied 27-27 midway through the fourth before Tommy Rees engineered
 a  10-play,  56-yard drive that was  capped on Kyle Brindza's go-ahead 25-yard
 field goal with 3:03 to go.
 
 Mathias  Farley  intercepted Kelly on a  4th-and-13 on the Sun Devils' ensuing
 series,  and  after Arizona State  forced a three-and-out, Dan Fox intercepted
 Kelly  on the  first play of ASU's  next sequence and returned it 14 yards for
 the game-clinching score with 1:16 left.
 
 After its defense keyed Notre Dame's run to the BCS title game a year ago, the
 Irish  came in with just four sacks and were among the nation's worst with 110
 first downs allowed.
 
 The Sun Devils came in 11th in the FBS in scoring (44.3 ppg) and racked up 612
 yards  against a USC  defense last Saturday that had not allowed more than 285
 yards.
 
 Rees  was 17-of-38 for 279 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for
 Notre Dame (4-2), which lost to Oklahoma last Saturday.
 
 "It's  a big win for  us, to get right back on the right track in the bye week
 and  the  halfway point of the  season," Rees said. "It  was kind of a game we
 understood  the importance  of and we were  really ready to go and had a great
 week of preparation."
 
 T.J.  Jones caught eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown and Cam McDaniel
 registered 82 yards on the ground on 15 carries in the triumph.
 
 Kelly   finished  33-of-47  for  362  yards  with  three  touchdowns  and  two
 interceptions  for  the Sun Devils  (3-2), who  pounded the Trojans 62-41 last
 week.
 
 "You  know,  I've got to  be better," Kelly remarked.  "I've got to focus more
 when it comes time towards the end of the game."
 
 Jaelen Strong had eight receptions for 136 yards and a score in defeat.
 
 Zane Gonzalez nailed field goals of 40 and 27 yards, respectively, to open the
 scoring in the second and give ASU a 6-0 edge.
 
 Rees  hit  Ben Koyack for  a 19-yard score on  Notre Dame's ensuing touch, but
 Kelly fired a strike to Strong for a 36-yard touchdown on the Sun Devils' next
 series.
 
 Notre  Dame regained possession with 1:30 on the first-half clock and Rees led
 the  Irish 71 yards  in eight plays before concluding the march with an 8-yard
 TD strike to Jones for a 14-13 Notre Dame spread heading into the locker room.
 
 The  Irish scored 10  points in the third to head into the fourth with a 24-13
 margin.
 
 Brindza  nailed a 53-yard  field goal on Notre Dame's first drive of the third
 and Rees flipped a 21-yard score to Troy Niklas later in the stanza.
 
 Osahon  Irabor intercepted a Rees pass and returned it 37 yards for a score on
 the  first play of  the fourth before Brindza split the uprights from 33 yards
 out to make it 27-20 in favor of the Irish with 10:38 remaining.
 
 Kelly tossed a 21-yard TD pass to De'Marieya Nelson on ASU's next touch to tie
 it.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Sun  Devils have yielded  863 yards rushing over  the past four weeks ...
 Arizona  State had  a chance to become  the first team in NCAA history to beat
 USC  and Notre Dame  in back-to-back weeks ... Notre Dame was 4-of-15 on third
 down, while ASU finished 4-of-13 in those situations.
 
 10/06 01:02:24 ET