HONOLULU Jimmy Clausen set Notre Dame bowl records with 406 yards passing and five touchdowns to lead the Irish to their first postseason victory in 15 years, 49-21 against Hawaii on Wednesday night in the Hawaii Bowl.
Golden Tate had six catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns, also Notre Dame bowl records, including a 69-yarder that sparked a 28-point outburst to help the Fighting Irish (7-6) end their NCAA-record bowl losing steak at nine.
With coach Charlie Weis calling the plays from the coaches box for the first time because of knee problems that require him to walk with crutches, the Irish were unstoppable. The offense scored at will and the blitzing defense shutdown Hawaii’s run-and-shoot.
After the Warriors (7-7) scored to end Notre Dame’s 28-point run, Armando Allen returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score. Allen also caught an 18-yard TD pass on the Irish’s first drive of the second half.
Notre Dame’s victory was its first in the postseason since it beat Texas A&M; in the Cotton Bowl to end the 1993 season. The Irish also avoided consecutive losing seasons.