SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame heads into an off week feeling good about its 37-34 victory over Arizona State, particularly the play of its defense, yet knowing it will be without middle linebacker Jarrett Grace for the rest of the season because of a broken right leg.
Grace, who is tied for the most tackles on the team with 40, underwent surgery Sunday in Dallas to have a rod placed to help heal the fibula fracture. He is expected to spend several more days in the hospital and it could take him four to six months to recover.
"Obviously a big loss for us," coach Brian Kelly said Sunday.
Dan Fox, who was the starter at the beginning of the season and has played at both the inside linebacker spots, will replace Grace as the starter while the Irish will use the free week to determine who will be his backup. Fox had two big plays in the victory against the Sun Devils in Arlington, Texas, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown in the third quarter and intercepting a pass by Taylor Kelly and returning it 14 yards for a touchdown with 68 seconds left in the game that clinched the victory.
It was the best performance so far this season for the Irish, which consistently put pressure on Kelly, sacking him six times and, forcing three turnovers and holding a Sun Devils squad that scored 62 points a week earlier against a good USC defense to three touchdowns and two field goals. The other Arizona State touchdown came on a 37-yard interception return by Osahon Irabor.
"I thought their defense played at a really high level. I thought that was the difference in the game," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said.
Although it wasn't the dominating defense the Fighting Irish used to get to the BCS title game last season, it was the closest Notre Dame (4-2) has come so far this season. Notre Dame held the Sun Devils (3-2) to 65 yards rushing. The Irish came into the game with three sacks. Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo, who had his first three sacks of the season after having 7.5 last season, said the Irish having a nine-minute advantage in time of possession was key.
"We were fresh when we got on the field. We had a lot of fresh legs coming in," Shembo said.
Midway through the season, the Irish are ranked 50th in the nation in total defense, giving up 374.5 yards a game after ranking seventh in the nation last year at 305.5 yards a game. They are ranked 58th in scoring defense, surrendering 25.5 points a game after ranking second in the game last season at 12.8 points.
NO. 5 STANFORD 31, NO. 15 WASH. 28
STANFORD, Calif. -- Ty Montgomery had 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and fifth-ranked Stanford held on to beat No. 15 Washington 31-28 in a matchup of unbeaten Pac-12 North teams.
Montgomery returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD and caught a 34-yard pass for another score to put the Cardinal (5-0, 3-0) in control from the start and keep them there. Stanford led from wire-to-wire while winning its 13th straight game and 12th in a row at home, though Washington never went away.
Keith Price threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns and nearly led the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) back. But officials overturned Price's completed pass on fourth down in the final minutes to end Washington's rally.
NO. 10 LSU 59, MISSISSIPPI STATE 26
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says figuring out a way to stop LSU's offense is harder than ever.
That's because Tigers' quarterback Zach Mettenberger has developed into one of the Southeastern Conference's best, throwing for 1,398 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception this season.
The Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1 SEC) host No. 10 LSU (4-1, 1-1). Mississippi State has lost 13 in a row in the series dating back to 1999.
NO. 13 S. CAROLINA 35, KENTUCKY 28
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 13 South Carolina, playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, held off a Kentucky comeback for a 35-28 victory.
The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) again let a large lead slip away and once more were able to come away with a victory. The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) rallied from 21-0 to pull to 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow's 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 remaining.
NO. 17 BAYLOR 73, WEST VIRGINIA 42
WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards with two touchdowns and had one of Baylor's eight rushing TDs as No. 17 Bears kept up their big-scoring ways in the Big 12, beating West Virginia 73-42.
The Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had 864 total yards, breaking the Big 12 record. They had 468 yards rushing and 396 passing.
The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) made their Big 12 debut with a 70-63 win over Baylor last year in the league's highest-scoring game ever. They couldn't keep up in the rematch.
NO. 18 FLORIDA 30, ARKANSAS 10
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Solomon Patton turned two short receptions into touchdowns, helping No. 18 Florida beat Arkansas 30-10.
Patton finished with six catches for a career-high 124 yards. He also ran for a first down. But his longest gains went the distance and were key to Florida (4-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) winning its ninth consecutive game in the series and 10th in a row at home.
The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2) ran the ball well early -- against the league's best defense -- but fell behind on Loucheiz Purifoy's interception return in the second quarter for a touchdown and faded from there.
AUBRUN 30, NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI 22
AUBURN, Ala. -- Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return and Auburn held off No. 24 Mississippi 30-22 for its first win over a Top 25 team in two years.
Auburn (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) already has topped its win total from last season, when it finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.
Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2), coming off a 25-0 loss at No. 1 Alabama, has lost two straight.