Robert Hughes' late touchdown run lifts Notre Dame to 20-16 win
Fighting Irish become bowl eligible with win over Black Knights.
Images from some recent matchups between the Fighting Irish and Trojans
Golden Tate and Michael Floyd have big days, but the Irish lose 33-30.
Notre Dame forces five turnovers en route to beating Boston College for first time since 2000.
CAREER: An emotional player for Irish who has started more games than any other player on Irish roster ... has played in 34 games at Notre Dame and started 24 contests ... has started all but two of last 26 games he has played ... started his career as outside linebacker in 3-4 defense and moved to inside linebacker as sophomore and junior ... moved back to outside linebacker during 2010 spring drills ... enters final year as active leader in career tackles on Irish roster with 150 ... has totaled 13.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, forced two fumbles and broken up two passes ... tallied two touchdowns in his career, returning interception against Boston College's Matt Ryan 25 yards for score as freshman and rumbled 35 yards for touchdown against Michigan in 2008 following fumble recovery.
2009 (JUNIOR): One of three defensive players to start all 12 games for Irish (Kyle McCarthy and Harrison Smith were others) ... represented linebackers on team's leadership committee ... ranked second on team with career-best 71 tackles including career-high five and a half tackles for loss and added one and a half sacks ... tied for second with two interceptions and recovered one fumble ... tallied three tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack in season opener against Nevada ... notched seven tackles at Michigan ... recorded five tackles with one tackle for loss against Michigan State ... tied for team-high honors with eight tackles against USC ... added one tackle for loss, one-half sack and career-high two quarterback hurries against Trojans ... recorded an interception against Boston College, while adding six tackles and fumble recovery ... matched career high with team-best 10 tackles against Navy ... registered seven tackles with one-half tackle for loss at Pittsburgh ... totaled five tackles and an interception against Connecticut ... notched eight tackles in season finale at Stanford ... earned 312:51 of playing time and made 66 special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games for the Irish (missed Syracuse and USC due to injury) and started nine contests ... tallied 54 tackles, including four tackles for a loss during the year ... added two sacks, two pass break-ups, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles, returning one 35 yards for a touchdown ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles and tied for first in fumble recoveries ... started for the fourth consecutive time and had four tackles (all solos) and registered a quarterback hurry in opening game victory against the San Diego State ... recorded six tackles (two solos, four assists), had a tackle for loss, broke up a pass and recovered two fumbles vs. Michigan ... the second fumble recovery was returned 35 yards for a touchdown against the Wolverines (second touchdown of career, interception return for a TD vs. Boston College in 2007) ... amassed a team-high and career-best 10 tackles (four solos, six assists) and a forced fumble against Michigan State ... became the first sophomore to register 10 or more tackles in a single game since Maurice Crum, Jr. had 11 against Navy on Oct. 28, 2006 ... recorded six tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss and one sack, as well as a quarterback hurry, in the victory over Stanford ... had a big day in his 10th career start, totaling four tackles (two solo; two assist) and an 11-yard sack in the victory over Washington ... recorded five tackles (three solos, two assists) vs. Pittsburgh ... amassed eight tackles (all solos) as well as a pass break-up against Boston College ... made 12th career start and picked up a pair of tackles against Navy before being injured in the first half ... returned to action in the Hawai'i Bowl and recorded a solo tackle in the victory ... logged 251:29 of playing time with 50 special-teams appearances
2007 (FRESHMAN): Enjoyed strong start to his Notre Dame career as he appeared in 11 contests (did not play vs. Georgia Tech) and earned increased playing time throughout the season ... started the final three games at outside linebacker ... totaled 25 tackles with 1.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, one interception (returned 25 yards for a touchdown) and forced one fumble ... made an immediate impact for the Irish as a freshman ... gained the first playing time of his career vs. Michigan, recording two tackles ... registered his first interception in an Irish uniform vs. Boston College ... returned the interception 25 yards for a TD ... set his season high in tackles vs. Navy registering five tackles ... started the final three games of the season at outside linebacker vs. Air Force, Duke and Stanford ... logged 143:31 of playing time and made 36 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated the No. 13 inside linebacker in the country and second-best prospect in Kansas by Rivals.com ... rated the number-17 outside linebacker in the nation by Tom Lemming ... Scout.com rated him the third-best player in Kansas and the 30th-best middle linebacker in the country ... one of 11 Notre Dame signees named to the ESPN 150 list ... rated the number-four inside linebacker by ESPN ... credited with 126 tackles and nine sacks during senior season and earned all-metro honors from the Kansas City Star ... helped lead his high school to the state semifinals for the second-straight season before falling to the eventual state champions ... won first two playoff games in senior year by a combined score of 110-8 ... recorded 100 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception he returned for a touchdown during junior year ... played for coach Kevin Kopecky at Saint Thomas Aquinas ... born Jan. 8, 1989 ... son of Chris and Billie Smith ... father Chris played fullback at Notre Dame from 1981-84 and is currently on the board of directors of the Notre Dame Monogram Club ... full name is Brian C. Smith ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in anthropology.
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