PROVO, Utah (Ticker) -- In a game billed as the "Holy War", the Mormon school from Utah tripped up the Catholic school from Indiana.
Brigham Young jumped out to a 20-3 lead and held off a late Notre Dame comeback bid to defeat the Fighting Irish 20-17 in the season opener for both teams.
The Cougars have won four consecutive season openers under coach Gary Crowton, while Notre Dame has lost 11 of its last 19.
Matt Berry, who replaced starter John Beck in the first half, threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Austin Collie midway through the third quarter. Berry completed 15 of 23 for 167 yards.
Notre Dame answered back when Brady Quinn hit Rhema McKnight on a 54-yard score that cut the Cougars lead to 20-10. Quinn was 26-for-47 for 265 yards.
Midway threw the fourth quarter, cornerback Preston Jackson took an interception 38 yards to the end zone and the Irish were within three points.
With BYU facing third and eight with 1:42 remaining, Berry hit Todd Watkins on a 37-yarder to the Notre Dame 38, which enabled the Cougars to maintain possession and run out the clock.
Neither team had any success on the ground, with the Irish gaining 11 rushing yards and BYU 22.
Notre Dame asked BYU to move this game from October 30 in order to have played one game before facing Michigan next Saturday.