Notre Dame turned a tough start against Tulsa into a one-point lead after one quarter.
The Irish lead the Golden Hurricane 13-12 going into the second quarter, despite falling behind 12-6 with 2:59 to play in the quarter, having a point-after attempt blocked and returned for two points and losing quarterback Dayne Crist to a leg injury.
Crist was taken to Notre Dame's locker room with 6:13 to play in the first quarter with his left leg in a brace. Crist was knocked out of bounds hard at the end of a 29-yard run.
Last year on Halloween, Crist tore the ACL in his right knee.
Without Crist, Tommy Rees took over at quarterback and on the freshman's first full series, he direct a five play scoring drive that gave the Irish the lead.
Rees connected on passes for 14, nine and 13 yards before Notre Dame went to a bit of trickery for the touchdown.
After Rees hit TJ Jones for a short reception, Jones tossed the ball back to Cierre Wood, who scored from 22 yards out.
But things didn't end well in the first quarter, as John Goodman missed catching a punt giving Tulsa the ball deep in Notre Dame territory.
But the Irish were able to keep the Golden Hurricane out of the end zone, and kicker Kevin Fitzpatrick missed a field goal.