Notre Dame Fighting Irish finish with four losses in EA Sports NCAA '14 simulation

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Fresh off a National Championship appearance, the Fighting Irish suffered through a disappointing 9-4 year in a simulation of the upcoming 2013 college football season conducted by Chat Sports in the game EA Sports NCAA Football '14, including a three point loss to No. 4 Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

Notre Dame reeled off three straight wins to start the season, including a domination 31-14 victory over No. 21 Michigan in Ann Arbor. But they were bested in South Bend by Michigan State in a rough 28-21 loss in which the Irish turned the ball over three times and surrendered 228 rushing yards.

But the Irish rebounded with a dramatic and impressive 45-42 win over No. 3 Oklahoma, the Sooners' only loss of the year. Tommy Rees threw for 270 yards and 2 TDs and AUSTIN had 9 receptions for 132 yards, catching one of Rees scores.

And yet, right after that the Irish laid an egg in a neutral site game against Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium as Rees threw three interceptions.

Rees and the Irish bounced back, however, in a thrilling 21-20 win over USC. Rees threw for 231 yards and 2 TDs, with REID being his top target with 110 receiving yards. Including its win over USC, Notre Dame ran off five straight victories before stumbling at No. 20 Stanford. Again, turnovers plagued the Irish, who surrendered the ball four times in a 31-17 loss.

Still, Notre Dame found itself ranked 8th in the final BCS standings and headed to the Orange Bowl to take on then-N0. 7 Clemson, winners of the ACC. Down 28-14 at halftime, the Irish fell three points short of the comeback in a 38-35 loss.

Defensive End Stephon Tuitt and defensive tackle Louis Nix III were both named First-Team All-Americans after the season.



Tommy Rees: 198-381, 2712 yards, 22 TDs, 20 INTs, 226.0 YPG, 33 sacks

Everett Golson: 33-59, 490 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INT, 163.3 YPG, 3 sacks


George Atkinson III: 197 attempts, 1073 yards, 11 TDs, 5.4 YPC, 82.5 YPG, 1 fumble

Tommy Rees: 120 attempts, 274 yards, 3 TDs, 2.2 YPC, 22.8 YPG, 2 fumbles

Greg Bryant: 50 attempts, 264 yards, 2 TDs, 5.2 YPC, 20.3 YPG, 1 fumble

Amir Carlisle: 44 attempts, 190 yards, 2 TDs, 4.3 YPC, 31.6 YPG, 1 fumble

Everett Golson: 23 attempts, 187 yards, 1 TD, 8.1 YPC, 0 fumbles


T.J. Jones: 60 receptions, 957 yards, 3 TDs, 73.6 YPG

Troy Niklas: 40 receptions, 568 yards, 4 TDs, 43.6 YPG

DaVaris Daniels: 34 receptions, 399 yards, 7 TDs, 30.6 YPG

George Atkinson III: 31 receptions, 422 yards, 4 TDs, 32.4 YPG

Chris Brown: 31 receptions, 337 yards, 3 TDs, 30.6 YPG

Daniel Smith: 13 receptions, 250 yards, 5 TDs, 20.8 YPG


Stephon Tuitt: 71 tackles, 35 solo, 26 tackles-for-loss, 10.5 sacks

Prince Shembo: 68 tackles, 32 solo, 12 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks

Dan Fox: 66 tackles, 33 solo, 10 tackles-for-loss, 0.5 sacks

Jarrett Grace: 59 tackles, 18 solo, 11 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks

Louis Nix III: 53 tackles, 25 solo, 14 tackles-for-loss, 7.0 sacks

Sheldon Day: 44 tackles, 22 solo, 8 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks


Bennett Jackson: 4 interceptions, 78 yards

KeiVarae Russell: 2 interceptions, 94 yards

Matthias Farley: 2 interceptions, 50 yards

Elijah Shumate: 2 interceptions, 8 yards

Dan Fox: 2 interceptions, 6 yards



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