SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Dan Fox's final game at Notre Dame Stadium was also his best.
The fifth-year senior tallied nine tackles (two for a loss), sacked BYU quarterback Taysom Hill once and broke up a pass as Notre Dame topped BYU, 23-13, on Saturday.
"He was on‑point in coverage," coach Brian Kelly said, "and he played the kind of football that he knows he's capable of."
It's been an up-and-down season for Fox, with more downs than ups. He lost his starting role in September, only gaining it back when Jarrett Grace went down with a season-ending injury. He only had three tackles for a loss and hadn't recorded a sack or pass breakup.
But Saturday, Fox was locked in. He got into a groove and didn't get out of it, helping hold Hill to 279 yards of total offense (Hill entered Saturday's game eighth nationally averaging 333 1/2 total yards per game).
"You get into that flow, I was really feeling like I was entering into that," Fox said. "I just did it by listening to what the coaches taught me and doing what they said."
Fox said he didn't really do anything else different other than reading his keys and reacting accordingly. Like his fellow senior teammates, there was an added energy given the senior-day atmosphere. But Fox's wasn't over the top or higher than any of his teammates.
Couple his game with a breakout performance by Jarron Jones (seven tackles, one blocked field goal) and solid games from a number of other defensive players, and Notre Dame held BYU to 20 points below its season scoring average.
With Notre Dame's offense leaving plenty of points on the field and only mustering 23, getting a high-quality defensive performance was necessary for a win on Saturday. And Notre Dame couldn't have accomplished that without Fox.