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Notre Dame gets what it needs from Tommy Rees

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is giving the Irish exactly what the team needs, even if the performance isn't always spectacular.

Rees completed only 14 of 34 passes for 142 yards in Saturday's 17-13 win over Michigan State.

But he did throw a touchdown pass, and more importantly, Rees didn't have a turnover of the third time this season.

Rees had 19 turnovers when he played in every game in 2011, but so far, he has given the ball away only twice, when he threw two interceptions in a 41-30 loss to Michigan on Sept. 7.

"That's what we're asking him to do, against Michigan State in particular," coach Brian Kelly said Sunday. "If it's not there, let's make sure that we don't give Michigan State an opportunity to have a short field. They had been so opportunistic defensively, that was so much part of the game plan of him making good decisions, making sure he could get the ball to where we could get to it.

"Did his job from that standpoint. Would have liked to have hit a couple receivers. Again, taking care of the football is crucial in the way we're playing offense."

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