December 25, 2008

COL FB: Notre Dame 49, Hawaii 21

Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weiss says his team did a heck of a job ignoring Honolulu's tropical distractions to rip Hawaii 49-21 in Christmas Eve's Hawaii Bowl.

Notre Dame snapped an NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing streak. The Fighting Irish won their first bowl game since beating Texas A&M at the 1994 Cotton Bowl.

It's been a long time since we've won a bowl game, said Weiss, who spent most of the game in the coaches box above the field because of a bad knee that will require surgery. Our players came here knowing that coming to Hawaii can be a real distraction. It's easy to see how people can roll in here on a Thursday and Friday during the regular season and very often come out here a loser. But I think that our players came here on a mission to mix business with pleasure and I think they did a heck of a job.

Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 22-of-26 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns. Golden Tate caught three of the scoring tosses. Clausen and Tate each set Notre Dame bowl records.

Armando Allen Jr. returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown for the Fighting Irish (7-6).

The Notre Dame defense registered eight sacks.

Greg Alexander completed 23-of-39 passes for 261 yards with two TDs and an interception for Hawaii (7-7). The Warriors have been outscored 90-31 in their last two bowl games.