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Irish reel in awards

Notre Dame's 30-13 victory over Oklahoma did plenty for the Irish.

Notre Dame moved up to No. 3 in the BCS standings, took over the No. 4 spots in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today coaches poll and improved the Irish to 8-0 for the first time in a decade.

Saturday's victory also netted the Irish a team award and gave the team a sweep in the independent football awards this week.

Notre Dame was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national team of the week thanks to the win over the Sooners, and Notre quarterback Everett Golson, linebacker Manti Te'o and kicker Kyle Brindza each picked up independent players of the week awards.

Golson was named the offensive player of the week after throwing for 177 yards and adding 64 rushing yards, including running one yard for the decisive touchdown.

Te'o was named the defensive player of the week for the eighth time this season after amassing 11 tackles, two for loss, his first sack of the season and his fifth interception of the year againstOklahoma.

Brindza was named the special teams player of the week after hitting field goals from 46, 44 and 34 yards out and getting three touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

Safety Zeke Motta was also named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorp Award, given to college football's top defensive back. The senior is second on the team in tackles with 42 and has two pass breakups.

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