Rees, Ruffer notch independent honors

Notre Dame's 45-21 win Saturday over Maryland earned Tommy Rees and David Ruffer FBS independent player of the week honors.

Rees was 30-for-38 passing for 296 yards and two touchdowns — completing 17 of 18 passes during one stretch — in notching the offensive award for the second time this season.

Ruffer, an Oakton, Va., native, enjoyed his homecoming to the D.C. Metro area by hitting a career-long 52-yard field goal in the first quarter and connecting on all six extra-point attempts, earning the special teams distinction.

For the Terrapins, meanwhile, linebacker Alex Twine earned ACC rookie of the week honors after recording 12 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack against the Irish.