Notre Dame breaks BC streak

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Notre Dame didn't need to go down to the final minute this week.

Nope, the Fighting Irish wrapped up a 20-16 win over Boston College with about 1:40 to spare. That's when Brian Smith grabbed the game-sealing interception.

It's crazy that this game was even close, since the Eagles committed five turnovers and Notre Dame had none. Kyle McCarthy had two key interceptions. But Boston College hit hard on defense and kept Notre Dame away from the end zone most of the day.

Jimmy Clausen's 36-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with a little more than eight minutes left was the winning score. Clausen was battered around and hurt his throwing arm but while being held to 246 yards passing, well below his average.

But the most important thing for Notre Dame is the six-game losing streak to Boston College is over. The possibility of a BCS bowl still exists. The Irish should finally have a breather -- theoretically, anyway -- next time out against Washington State in San Antonio.