Happy Christmas Irish fans! Your team wins a bowl game!

Congratulations Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans! Your team has won a bowl game!

OK,so it wasn't exactly against BCS-worthy opponents (nor a great surprise) - but the 49-21 annihilation of Hawaii was one heck of a performance.

Jimmie Clausen came into his own, didn't he? 401 yards passing, five TDs - including a 69 yards bomb to Golden Tate. Was this the quarterback who was so merrily inconsistent through the first 12 games of 2008?

And as it's Christmas, I'm happy for you. It's good for college football that you guys go the win. Now enjoy the sun, and we can't wait to see something a little better than your 2008 offering in 2009.

Remember - college football NEEDS a strong Notre Dame Fighting Irish team - regardless of if you love them or despise them.

Here's ESPN's take on things - via YouTube.