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Notre Dame beats Miami 33-10 in Sun Bowl

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 5:07 p.m. MDT

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd (3) runs past Miami's Ryan Hill during the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in El Paso, Texas. (El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd (3) runs past Miami's Ryan Hill during the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in El Paso, Texas. (El Paso Times, Mark Lambie)

EL PASO, Texas — Freshman Tommy Rees passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns to Michael Floyd as Notre Dame beat Miami 33-10 in the Sun Bowl on Friday, making Brian Kelly the first Fighting Irish coach to win a bowl game in his first season.

Notre Dame (8-5) reached the end zone on three of its first four possessions. Rees tossed TD passes of 3 and 34 yards to Floyd and Cierre Wood broke free on a 34-yard scoring run before David Ruffer added field goals from 40, 50 and 19 yards.

The Irish closed with four victories to cap an up-and-down season under Kelly. After a 1-3 start, they endured the death of the team's student videographer and the loss of quarterback Dayne Crist to a season-ending injury during a stunning 28-27 loss to Tulsa in South Bend, Ind.

The Hurricanes (7-6) trailed 30-3 going into the fourth quarter, completing a season in which their coach was fired with an ugly loss.

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