Tommy Rees passed for 319 yards in his final college game, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals and Notre Dame muddled through a 29-16 victory against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday.
Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.
Tommy Rees came off the bench to lead Notre Dame on a last-minute, winning drive Saturday as the No. 22 Irish got a 27-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza with seven seconds to go and beat Purdue 20-17.
Kyle Orton passed for two touchdowns and Ben Jones kicked three field goals as Purdue (Unranked ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 Associated Press) handed Notre Dame its third straight loss.