MANTI TE'O, Notre Dame: The hard-hitting sophomore linebacker made nine tackles with 1.5 for loss and one sack.

X factor: A blocked punt produced the game's first touchdown - off a 6-yard return by Notre Dame's Robert Blanton - late in the opening quarter to put the Irish ahead for good.

By the numbers: 11. Prior to Saturday afternoon, Notre Dame had lost 11 consecutive games to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The skid dated back to 2006.

Up next:

At San Diego State

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (MT)

Where: Qualcomm Stadium

TV: The Mtn.

Radio: 700 AM

Update: The Aztecs (7-3) dropped a 40-35 decision at No. 3 TCU on Saturday.


"Something has to be done. We have to change something and start heading in the right direction.." - Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn