ND’s Everett Golson briefly benched to start game against Miami
By Mark Lazerus 648-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org October 6, 2012 8:46PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 12:22PM
CHICAGO — Everett Golson was late to a team meeting on Friday. So Brian Kelly made him late to Saturday’s game.
“Our team rules are pretty simple as it relates to being on time,” Kelly said. “It wasn’t a big thing, but we have high standards and we hold all of our players to those standards.”
Golson said he was meeting with a professor and lost of track of time.
“I didn’t handle it in a way that I should have. So me and Coach Kelly talked about it. I understand that was a violation of team rules.”
Tommy Rees, who has relieved Golson in two of the Irish’s wins this season, made his 17th career start in his stead.
But the punishment only lasted three plays. After Rees wrapped two incompletions around a short pass to Theo Riddick, the Irish punted. A roughing-the-kicker penalty allowed the Irish to keep the ball, and Golson took over. The redshirt freshman promptly completed three passes, and broke off a 12-yard run to set up Riddick’s 1-yard touchdown run.
“He told me, ‘You’re going to get a series off,’ and I was going to be in right after that,” Golson said.
Golson responded to the benching with easily his best half of the season. He was 15-of-20 for 153 yards, and had 51 yards on six carries.
Back in the mix: Notre Dame’s All-America tight end Tyler Eifert had just one catch in the previous two games, but Golson was looking for him on Saturday. A tremendous, leaping grab for a 24-yard completion down the sideline set up Kyle Brindza’s first field goal of the game to give the Irish a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. It was the 100th catch of his career.
He added another catch later in the quarter, breaking a tie for second place in Irish history with John Carlson.
Noteworthy: Attendance was 62,871, a sellout, albeit about 20,000 fewer fans than a typical Notre Dame home game draws.
… Notre Dame hadn’t allowed a point in the first quarter of a game all season until Miami’s Jake Wieclaw hit a 28-yard field goal Saturday. … Brindza had converted eight straight field goal attempts until he pushed a 34-yard attempt wide as the first half expired.