No. 4 Irish Jump Ahead Early in Win Over Deacs
Nov. 14, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No. 4 Notre Dame jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 28-7 victory over Wake Forest at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Wake Forest (3-7) out-gained the Fighting Irish (9-1), 340-282, in total yards, but the Notre Dame defense forced a pick-six and three times caused Wake Forest to turn it over on downs.
Freshman running back Tyler Bell set career-highs with 23 carries and 90 yards rushing, most by a running back this season. KJ Brent led all receivers with five catches and 82 yards, including a career-long 52-yard grab.
The Demon Deacons went for it on 4th-and-8 from the ND 33-yard-line on their second drive, but after an incomplete pass, Notre Dame drove down the field and scored on a 12-yard run by DeShone Kizer.
On the ensuing drive, a John Wolford pass slipped out of his hands and was picked off by Andrew Trumbetti, who took it 28 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.
Early in the second quarter, Wolford found Bell for a 13-yard pass down to the 1-yard-line on third down, but Bell was stopped on 4th-and-goal. A play later, Josh Adams broke a pair of tackles and scampered for a 98-yard touchdown, the longest in Notre Dame's history.
Wake Forest bounced back in the third quarter, with Wolford orchestrating an 11-play, 55-yard drive over 6:16, the second-longest drive in terms of time this season, capped off by a one-yard touchdown plunge by Wolford.
The Irish capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter, when Kizer ran for a 5-yard touchdown, his second of the game.
• Alexander Kinal broke the NCAA record for punts in a career. He now has 323, surpassing the previous mark of 322 by Nick Harris of Cal (1997-2000).
• Kinal stands 136 yards from breaking the punting yardage record of 13,621, also held by Harris, with 13,486.
• He already holds the ACC records in each category.
FIRST SCORE AT ND
BELL GETTING BETTER
IN THE BACKFIELD
DOOMED BY THE PICK SIX
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