NCAA Game Summary - Miami-Florida vs. Notre Dame|
(Saturday, October 6th)
Final Score: (9) Notre Dame 41, Miami-Florida 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III ran all
over a shaky Hurricanes defense on Saturday as No. 9 Notre Dame dominated
Miami-Florida, 41-3, at Soldier Field.
Wood ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, while Atkinson ended
his night with 123 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries for the Fighting
Irish (5-0), who have won the first five games of the season for the first
time since beginning the 2002 campaign 8-0.
Cam McDaniel and Theo Riddick each added a rushing touchdown, as the Irish
racked up 376 yards on the ground.
Everett Golson was benched to start the game due to a violation of team rules,
but entered in the first quarter following a gift penalty from the
Hurricanes. He threw for 186 yards on 17-of-22 passing and ran for 51 yards
on six carries as Notre Dame remained unbeaten at Soldier Field in
program history with a 10-0-2 record.
"I thought Everett grew up today," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "He did
some really good things throwing the football for us. Managed some pressure
situations very well. And he had his best week of practice."
Stephen Morris threw for 201 yards on 18-of-35 passing for the Hurricanes
(4-2), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Jake Wieclaw accounted
for the only Miami points with a 28-yard field goal.
Notre Dame opened the scoring on its first possession of the game. Tommy Rees
threw a pair of incompletions over the drive's first three plays as the Irish
were faced with a 4th-and-5 on their own 16.
They were then handed a gift as Miami was flagged for roughing the punter,
giving Notre Dame a first down on the 31.
Golson took over under center after the penalty and led the team to the Miami
10-yard line. where the Irish faced a 2nd-and-7. On the play, Golson raced to
the goal line and dove for the score, but lost the ball.
It appeared the Miami had recovered in the end zone, but the call was
overturned and the Irish got the ball on the Miami 1. Riddick then capped the
10-play, 88-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown push.
On the ensuing drive, Miami responded with an 8-play, 45-yard march,
capped by Wieclaw's field goal.
Notre Dame began its next touch on its own 25 and marched 70 yards in 12 plays
before Kyle Brindza knocked a chip-shot 22-yard field goal try through the
uprights early in the second quarter.
After forcing a three-and-out, the Irish got the ball back at their own 20
with 12:24 on the second-quarter clock. Golson completed five passes during a
14-play, 65-yard drive which culminated in a 32-yarder off the foot of
Brindza, widening the lead.
After Wieclaw shanked a 47-yard field goal attempt wide left, putting an end
to Miami's final drive of the first half, Notre Dame got the ball back with
Golson got his team within field goal range with one second left, but Brindza
missed the 34-yard attempt, keeping it a 13-3 game at the half.
The Irish opened the second half with a 6-play, 81-yard drive, which was
highlighted by a huge 37-yard run by Wood to the 2. The senior tailback scored
on the ensuing play.
Miami was forced to punt on its next possession and Notre Dame got the ball
back on its own 14. From there, it was the Atkinson and Wood show. The Irish
went 86 yards in 12 plays -- all runs by Wood or Atkinson -- and Wood capped
the march with a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left in the quarter.
"They ran the ball effectively," Miami coach Al Golden said. "They rotated
three running backs in there and I thought they blocked well on the perimeter
and as I said, we compounded by not making any progress on offense with the
Notre Dame started its next drive on the 34 after forcing another three-and-
out. Facing a 1st-and-10 on the 45, Atkinson galloped around right end and
down the sideline for a 55-yard score.
McDaniel capped the rout with a 1-yard touchdown push with 1:06 remaining.
This was the 25th all-time meeting between the schools and the first since the
2010 Sun Bowl. Notre Dame won that meeting, 33-17, and has captured all three
previous meetings on a neutral field ... Notre Dame leads the all-time series,
17-7-1 ... The Irish have won five in a row for the first time since 2006 ...
Miami fell to 41-28 all-time against top-10 opponents ... Notre Dame has not
allowed a touchdown over its last 12 quarters of action and has not trailed
at any point this season.
10/07 02:31:42 ET