Notre Dame QB Crist out for the season

Now it really is “Next man in” for Notre Dame at quarterback.

Head coach Brian Kelly’s mantra has never been more true than with the current state of the Fighting Irish, who will now have to finish the season without starter Dayne Crist.

Crist will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left patella tendon, an injury suffered Saturday afternoon during the team’s game against Tulsa in South Bend.

The junior injured his leg on a long rush and never returned to the field. Backup Tommy Rees entered the game and was able to move the ball, looking like a completely different signal caller than the one who was overwhelmed in Week 2 against Michigan. The freshman completed 18-of-29 passes for 179 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the first half.

However, Rees tossed a pick near the end of the first half that was taken back 55 yards for a touchdown. The Golden Hurricane trailed 20-18 at the half.

But the major story from this contest is the loss of Crist. Rees, who started 16-of-19 and is just 2 of his last 10, likely will assume starting duties the rest of the season.

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