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SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame's offense went dormant until the final minute of the second quarter as the No. 14 Irish took a 21-6 lead over Temple into halftime at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Irish, who gained 207 yards in the opening quarter, had only 100 offensive yards for the first 14 minutes of the second quarter.

But tight end Troy Niklas nearly doubled that output in 18 seconds.

The junior grabbed a short pass from Tommy Rees and turned it into a 66-yard scoring reception for a 21-6 lead with 43 seconds left in the first half. It was the longest passing play in Rees' career and the longest reception for Niklas.

The Irish needed the quick TD from Niklas after the Owls started to make things interesting with 1:01 left in the half.

After coming up empty in two trips deep into Notre Dame's zone, Temple finally scored on a 1-yard plunge from Kenny Harper.

The scoring run ended a nine-play, 78-yard drive that was aided by Elijah Shumate's pass interference in the end zone and Louis Nix III getting called for roughing the passer on first-and-goal.

Notre Dame's Jarron Jones blocked Temple's point-after attempt to keep the Irish in front 14-6 before Niklas' long TD on the next play.

Rees has thrown for 268 yards with three touchdowsn, and TJ Jones has four catches for 110 yards. It is Jones' first career 100-yard game.

Notre Dame holds a 373-236 yard advantage, but Temple gained 155 yards in the second quarter after only getting 81 in the first.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.