Tommy Rees became the first Notre Dame quarterback since Brady Quinn to throw four first half touchdowns as Notre Dame cruised to its 4th straight win Saturday against Air Force.
The Irish put up 59 points on the Falcons, scoring touchdowns on all six first half possessions.
Rees has now gone two straight games without a turnover. That's quite the turnaround from the first four games where he was the major reason the Irish had a nation worst 15 giveaways.
Rees says it was his turnovers that were holding the Irish offense back.
"I think a lot of that was on me--not finishing drives, missing throws, forcing things down in the red zone," Rees explains. "We've been so good in between the 20's and punching it in has been a struggle."
"To go out there two weeks in a row and kind of capitalize on opportunities has been a pretty good feeling."
Rees says its been a maturation process for him.
"Focusing throughout the week on knowing what they are trying to do and taking advantage of it," Rees explains. "Picks for me are more mental. If you know what's going on, you let the physical do the rest. Just being mentally sharp and knowing what to do with the ball has been the big thing."
Rees has thrown a touchdown pass in 11 straight games. That's the third longest streak in school history.