Crist Injures Knee, Likely Out for Season

According to a NBC sideline report, Dayne Crist's 2010 season has come to and end due to a ruptured left patella tendon. (Photo - Icon SMI)

Notre Dame, IN – Almost a year to the day of his ACL injury on the turf of the Alamodome, Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist suffered another major injury when he ruptured his patella tendon in his right on a first quarter scramble according to NBC sideline reporter Alex Flanagan.

The injury occurred at the end of a 29 yard 3rd downs scramble by Crist in which he picked up Notre Dame’s first first down of the game.  The junior signal caller immediately grabbed his left knee and after being worked on by the training staff on the sideline for a little while, he was escorted to the locker room for x-rays.  According to the NBC report, the x-rays revealed a torn patella thus ending Crist first season as a starter for the Irish.

Crist was relieved by freshman Tommy Rees who came in and tossed three touchdowns before ending the half with back to back interceptions.  Rees ended the half 18 of 29 for 179 yards.

Crist is the latest Notre Dame top line offensive player to go down with an injury joining starters Kyle Rudolph, Theo Riddick, and Armando Allen.  Star wide receiver Michael Floyd returned to action today after missing last week’s loss to Navy.

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  1. SteelFanRob 9 years ago

    JDH and IrishPT:

    I don’t know. I wouldn’t be so quick to count DC out for the count. He may not be the greatest QB in the world but he’s a great kid and seems tough as nails. I’m rooting for him to come all the way back. I think that having DC back for Summer camps will be great for the QB competition. We need as much competition as possible at all spots but esp. at QB. I think next year’s preliminary depth chart at QB will (hopefully) look like this: 1) DC; 2A)TR; 2B)AH.

    Let’s all root and pray for DC’s total recovery.

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    1. JDH 9 years ago

      Totally agree- great kid and a tough kid physically. I could most certainly be wrong about him coming back. Either way and like I said, I certainly wish him the best….

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  2. IrishPT 9 years ago

    I think Crist’s football playing days are over. This is a very difficult injury to recover from, much less return to playing against D1 competition. I hope he is doing well in school and can at least get a degree. I think ND is still good at that right?

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    1. JDH 9 years ago

      Haha- yeah PT I think AT LEAST we can rest assured Dayne will get a great degree. And good for him because he’s a GREAT kid. But I agree, I think his football days may be over. Tough break for the guy…

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  3. Rockett55 9 years ago

    Just looking at the schedule for the next 2 yrs BOOM OR BUST!!!!!! Man BK is going to have to do something to change the way things are done at ND its not going to get any easier

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  4. THEROCKNROLL80S 9 years ago

    Dear Dr. Lou,

    Will Brian Billick still come to ND to be the head football coach?



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  5. NDinOH 9 years ago

    I pray for all you haters every day.. I really do. Instead of rallying around our young players you soak them in so much negativity that they may read this forum and see what people are saying and then take that on the field with them. They have enough to deal with without you so called fans. Horrible call on the last play but… If it worked it would have been a knife in the heart of Tulsa… Sure it didn’t work out sorry… SHIT Happens.. It really does happen. You Holier than thou need to understand this… Get over it and rally around our team or keep your asses off the board stop shitting on the team I love and will support every year.. EVERY YEAR… SUPPORT THEM the blog thing is sickening back when I was a frosh we didn’t have the internet these kids do and they are SMART ENOUGH to look it up and read what your posting.. GET OFF THEIR ASSES and SUPPORT THEM!!!! BK I hope next year you win every FUCKIN game… Our Cupboard is bare we have nobody to run it..Be positive and keep cheering for em. Dang.. When are you gonna be proud of Notre Dame.. Tradition and Class…For the ones posting about their nephew and 7 month old could call a better play guess what… THEY DID’NT because you would have called it from the car seat.. And for the dude who couldn’t spell IN BOLD LETTERS IT IS QUARTERBACK… I hope you did not graduate from Notre Dame See ya all later….

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    1. JDH 9 years ago

      Who is it that you are addressing? You should be more specific with your accusations, lest you create confusion. I, for one, don’t hate anybody, least of all the players. Does it piss me off to a total lack of intensity on the field (ala Navy game)? A total lack of preparation by the coaches on the field (ala Navy)? You bet it pisses me off. I’m supposed to be proud of that? Really? I’m not proud to be one of the worst programs in football (and it’s been that way for years now). I do SUPPORT THEM and have for many, many years. Support with our money, time, emotion, prayers etc. Granted, I’ve tried to take a little break from them, for the first time in my life, for sanity’s sake.

      Notre Dame has the greatest tradition in college sports, maybe in all of sports. That’s what we want to see protected. The fear is, right or wrong, that too many years of total irrelevance and, not down years, but down decades, will erode/destroy that tradition. If something doesn’t change soon, we are on that path. Up and down periods are one thing. 15+ years of arrogance and horrible decision-making by “leadership” living in the past is another.

      Like you, I hope Kelly goes undefeated. When I see improvement (not perfection, IMPROVEMENT), I will be more positive. This program has not made improvements for many years (save a couple decent seasons by Weis).

      That’s the deal, sir, in my eyes and many others. Lastly, I wouldn’t worry about players or recruits getting discouraged by our posts. If they are taking people’s blogging comments to hearts, we don’t want them anyway. They should be worrying about more important things.


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      1. SteelFanRob 9 years ago


        Well said.

        The only haters who need our prayers are the ND haters who are so blind to reality that they apparently don’t care to see ND football be great again. Instead, they prefer to posture and pass judgment on those whose only sin is loving ND football enough to call things like they are.

        I really wonder if some of these people have families or have ever loved someone enough to tell them the truth even if that truth hurts all involved. Does a parent love his or her child less when they tell them they’re doing something bad? Does a teacher not care for his or her students if he or she chastises them for not working hard enough? Does the Church not love her sons and daughters by calling a sin a sin and asking them to repent?

        Some people here should pray for themselves and ask forgiveness for their own blindness to reality and delusional self-righteousness.

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      2. JDH 9 years ago

        I hear ya brother. I hear ya. If someone is truly “hating” 18-23 year old kids, then they have serious problems. This isn’t hate. It’s that, at ND, it’s about more than just football. I accept down years and bad times. I don’t accept decades of being a laughing stock. I don’t accept it when, at least sometimes, it seems like I care more than the players!

        To add to my post addressing NDinOhio: The following does NOT make me an expert, but perhaps it might provide some perspective. I was a scholarship, D1 athlete. I’ve had great coaches, bad coaches, had to walk the balance of college study and playing a sport “for money”, girlfriends etc. etc. I get it. Granted, not to the level of ND players in such a pressure cooker. But, to some degree, I get it.

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  6. power run the ball 9 years ago

    poor dayne he seems to have Knees of an 80 yr old man.

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  7. power run the ball 9 years ago

    agreed with every point from top to bottom…..

    Another positive_— maybe these terrible losses will lead to a change i can believe in… serves us right for highering a lib as a coach…

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  8. fed up 9 years ago

    Ironically rees’s pass at the end was the EXACT type of pass that moron crist needed to throw at the end of the michigan game

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  9. brian k is a joke 9 years ago

    Brian Kelly is a joke. What a dumbass call. I mean cmon you dipshit. Kick the field goal. You LOST that game, you the coach made an awful call. Your team sucks and its your fault you lose games. Take the next two weeks and figure out a way out of ND.

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  10. IrishChan 9 years ago

    Lou Holtz politely made the point that throwing the football in that situation was terrible and that he would have had the best kicker in the country win the game for a team that desperately needed to WIN!

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  11. IrishChan 9 years ago

    I recently came across audio of Kelly explaining his offense system to his new ND team.

    BK – “Team. You know what I think of when I hear the word football? Well…I hear the word ball and that’s it. Ya know what you’re supposed to with a ball? Ya throw it… Ya don’t bounce it..ya don’t carry it around like some kind a sissy… ya throw it…it’s ball. It’s not that complicated…so why in the name of hell would ya do anything else with? Just throw the sum bitch.

    Make sense? Running backs? Who said running backs? Who needs them… shit all i see is couple of people who been wastin their time runnin with a Bawww when they could….be…. CATCHIN’ that ball man! haaaha now ya startin to get aint cha?

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  12. teo 9 years ago

    I was as excited as anyone else when we hired Brian Kelly. What has occurred to me, though, is that we got Brian Kelly because no one else would take this job. And, no one else will take this job.

    So we better get used to the gambling. We better get used to a crappy defense. We better score a lot of points — with a freshman quarterback.

    That’s about all I got right now. It’s numbing. Tulsa. I can handle Navy because Navy and Notre Dame go back decades and, well, we beat them like 100 times in a row or whatever. Tulsa? NFW.

    One more note to those who have always wanted to “schedule for success.” This is what you get. Losses to Tulsa. Fans that are quieter than any fans in college football. I’m sick about it.

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  13. Jud 9 years ago

    What if we do give BK another three or four years. We get a lot more better athletes and get a lot of experience. Under BK we’re supposed to get BETTER! Seriously, seriously. BK is not the answer. I’ve seen enough of his decision making and leadership. Wow!

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  14. LafDomer 9 years ago

    NDforever, I agree, Rees looks a lot better suited for this offense. The thing that was most evident to me was his reads look better and he gets the ball out of his hands faster than DC. The kid showed a lot of fortitude out there today. It is just too damned bad Brian Kelly put him in the position to lose this game for ND. Gotta admit, don’t get some of Diaco’s calls. I had a gut wrenching feeling when Tulsa blocked the extra point and went for 2 other way. I feel bad for Dayne and wish him well. He looked pretty damn dejected after the game. Hell, we all are!

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