Notre Dame vs. Air Force: Live Score, Analysis and Results
Notre Dame 45, Air Force 10—FINAL
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have defeated the Air Force Falcons in convincing fashion.
Brian Kelly and Co. have moved to 6-2 on the season, while Air Force has dropped to 1-7.
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As promised, here are the 10 things we learned during Notre Dame's victory against Air Force.
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Notre Dame Stats
QB Tommy Rees: 17-for-22, 284 yards, 5 TDs
RB Cam McDaniel: 10 carries, 61 yards (long 11)
RB Tarean Folston: 11 carries, 47 yards (long 16)
RB George Atkinson III: six carries, 18 yards (long 7)
WR TJ Jones: seven receptions, 104 yards, TD
WR William Fuller: two receptions, 93 yards, TD
WR Corey Robinson: one reception, 35 yards, TD
WR DaVaris Daniels: two receptions, 34 yards
WR Chris Brown: one reception, 15 yards, TD
TE Ben Koyack: two receptions, 29 yards, TD
TE Troy Niklas: two receptions, 20 yards
Notre Dame has defeated Air Force, 45-10, moving to 6-2 on the season, while Air Force has lost seven consecutive games for the first time since 1979, dropping to 1-7 on the season.
The Irish were propelled by the efforts of quarterback Tommy Rees, who completed 17 of 22 passing attempts for 284 yards and five touchdowns, which is a career record for the senior signal-caller.
Interestingly enough, Notre Dame didn't necessarily need its running game today, given that the Falcons were content to load the line of scrimmage to force Rees to beat them as a passer. Clearly, that plan worked in the Irish's favor, as Rees made them pay for employing that strategy.
While it wasn't nearly as noticeable as Rees' outing, the Irish defense had a quiet, yet dominant day against a pesky triple-option offense, limiting it to 290 rushing yards and just 49 yards through the air.
Next week, Notre Dame hosts another service academy in Navy, while Air Force hosts Army.
While it's not going to be pretty, the experience gained by Notre Dame's young defenders here is extremely valuable.
Andrew Hendrix operating the Irish offense is, well, not pretty. It's difficult to do it justice with words.
The reps being gained by the second and third units for Notre Dame here will prove valuable later in the season when depth becomes an even more important factor.
Notre Dame 45, Air Force 10
Andrew Hendrix was a one-man wrecking crew on that drive, completing it with a 10-yard touchdown scramble.
Now if there was ever a confidence-boosting throw for Andrew Hendrix, that was it.
It appears as if Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is content to play conservatively for the remainder of this game.
I understand that move from a coaching perspective, but one oft-discussed topic is whether a "killer instinct" exists for the Irish. For that to be proven, the Irish can't simply pack it in. But the coaching staff isn't concerned with outside perspective, as they shouldn't be.
This is just ugly, but true.
Well, just like last week, the over/under on Hendrix completions is at 0.5.— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) October 26, 2013
Not to mention, Hendrix is now 1-for-11 passing on the season.
Essentially, the Irish offense would die a slow, painful death in the absence of Rees.
Notre Dame backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix is now in the game, and for the second consecutive week, he looks like a deer in headlights.
I can't imagine what Notre Dame's offense would look like if Tommy Rees were to be seriously injured.
Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day was just spotted wearing street clothes on the sideline.
No word has yet come regarding his health status, but it can be assumed it deals with the bum ankle he's been dealing with for the past few weeks.
The last time a Notre Dame quarterback threw five touchdowns in a single game, this humble writer was a senior in high school.
That's a career high for Tommy Rees with his five TD passes today -- last time that happened was Jimmy Clausen at Stanford 2009— John Heisler (@NDHeisler) October 26, 2013
Notre Dame 38, Air Force 10
Tommy Rees records his fifth touchdown pass of the day to set a new career record.
But even more impressive was his execution of the back shoulder fade to receiver Chris Brown.
Notre Dame freshman running back Tarean Folston looks fluid after four carries on this drive alone.
I was thinking the same thing.
Completely different circumstances/stakes, but that botched Air Force fumble is every bit as bad as the awful Wisconsin/ASU call this year.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 26, 2013
Jaylon Smith displayed exactly why he was such a heralded prep prospect.
He set the edge there by hammering the Air Force running back behind the line of scrimmage.
It has certainly been a rough stretch for Air Force.
Last time Air Force football lost seven in a row? 1979.— Brent Briggeman (@BrentBriggeman) October 26, 2013
I have a feeling Rees will break his career record today. One-and-a-half quarters remain in regulation.
Tommy Rees now has 4 TD passes today--ties his career best (also vs. Air Force in 2011 and vs. Tulsa in 2010).— John Heisler (@NDHeisler) October 26, 2013
Notre Dame 31, Air Force 10
On a beautiful pass-and-catch between Tommy Rees and TJ Jones, Notre Dame takes a three-touchdown lead.
Slowly but surely, Cam McDaniel is becoming Notre Dame's No. 1 running back.
Brian Kelly speaks to wanting consistency out of his backs, and McDaniel presents consistency on a weekly basis. If you're asking me, the position is no longer a committee approach.
In what universe was that an incomplete pass?
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