11. Tommy Rees’ 38 yard pass to Tyler Eifert against Michigan
In week 4 of the season, Everett Golson was pulled early for ineffectiveness with Brian Kelly opting to rely on junior Tommy Rees. While Rees was steady against the Wolverines, the defense kept Notre Dame in this game by keeping Michigan off of the scoreboard for three quarters. In the fourth quarter, however, the Wolverines added two field goals to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 13-6. With Notre Dame facing a key third down and four from their own 31 yard line, Kelly showed just how much faith he had in Rees by letting him drop back and throw for the first down.
On that third down, Rees dropped a well thrown ball right into Tylerr Eifert’s midsection for a 38 yard gain which effectively ended the game with Michigan having just one timeout remaining at the time. Before that pass, Rees had only attempted 10 passes all game accounting for a just 77 yards. Without that conversion, Notre Dame would have had to punt and give Michigan the ball back with more than two minutes left on the clock after they had scored on their last two drives.