NEW YORK – Notre Dame and Rutgers finished the opening quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl tied at 10 at Yankee Stadium.
The Irish moved the ball well against the Scarlet Knights, gaining 156 yards in the opening quarter. Irish quarterback Tommy Rees completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards, and receiver TJ Jones has two catches for 33 yards and ran three times for 15 yards with a touchdown.
Notre Dame freshman Max Redfield, a five-star recruit, made his first start. The Irish started 19 different players on defense this season
The teams traded field goals in the opening 7 minutes with Notre Dame marching 71 yards to Rutgers' 4-yard line before setting for a 21-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza with 10:05 to play in the first quarter.
The Irish had forced the Scarlet Knights to go three-and-out on their first possession, but TJ Jones mishandled the punt and gave Rutgers the ball back on Notre Dame's 21. The Knights could only move the ball two yards and tied the game at 3 with a 36-yard field goal by Kyle Federico.
The Irish quickly took a 10-3 lead after the Knights tied the game as Jones ran in for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:30 left in the first quarter. Jones showed his versatility on the scoring drive, making two catches for 33 yards and running the ball twice.
Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson couldn't contain Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman on the next series. Coleman hauled in a 51-yard reception after beating Jackson down the sideline on the second play of the drive to put the ball on Notre Dame's 21, and then he hauled in a 14-yard touchdown catch by beating Jackson to tie the game at 10 with 1:51 to play.