Too little, too late.

After falling behind once again, BYU’s second half comeback attempt fell short Saturday night as the 16th ranked Cougars lost 28-20 to Notre Dame at Allegiant Stadium — home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. Attendance for the game was 62,742, the largest crowd for a college athletic event in Nevada history.

The Irish were led by quarterback Drew Pyne who threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was tight end Michael Mayer who caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two scores. Mayer also became the schools all time receptions leader for a tight end on a 24-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

For BYU, the Cougars played their worst offensive game of the season as the team managed just 67 yards in the first half en route to 280 yards for the game. Notre Dame neraly doubled that as the Irish finished with 496 yards on a balanced attack (262 passing and 234 rushing).

After taking some questionable hits last week against Utah State, Jaren Hall was not himself on Saturday as he completed just 9 of 17 passed for 120 yards. The junior did have two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception as well.

“I don’t think he was 100% … he definitely was banged up,” said Kalani Sitake after the game. “We have to go back and figure out what our game plan was, and what he can do.”

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Christopher Brooks led the way on the ground for the Cougars with 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. Kody Epps was Hall’s favorite target as the freshman caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

With the win, Notre Dame improves to 3-2 on the year and extended its winning streak to three games. With the loss, BYU falls to 4-2 on the season and will look to get back on track against a good Arkansas team next week at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Here’s how the media, fans and players reacted after the loss: