NCAA Game Summary - Notre Dame at Wake Forest|
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 24, Wake Forest 17
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushed for
175 yards and held Wake Forest scoreless in the second half, earning a hard-
fought 24-17 victory at Groves Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the
With the win, Notre Dame (6-3) became bowl eligible, as the team has now won
two games in a row and six of its last seven, overcoming an 0-2 start to the
year. The Irish got 92 yards and one TD from tailback Jonas Gray, while his
backfield partner, Cierre Wood added 87 yards on the ground. Quarterback Tommy
Rees wasn't particularly effective, completing just 14-of-23 passes, for 166
yards. He did throw two TD passes, but was also responsible for a pair of
Wake Forest (5-4) failed in its bid to become bowl eligible for the second
straight week. The Demon Deacons were held to just 297 yards of total offense,
including 110 on the ground. Quarterback Tanner Price completed 17-of-24 pass
attempts, for 187 yards and a TD in the loss.
The Demon Deacons got off to a fast start, scoring on the opening drive, as
Price hit tailback Brandon Pendergrass on a 20-yard TD strike.
Notre Dame made it 7-3 in the first quarter with a 44-yard field goal by David
Wake's Jimmy Newman countered with a 46-yard field goal just over two minutes
later, but Rees found tight end Tyler Eifert for a 38-yard TD pass just 29
seconds after that to tie the game at 10-10.
Wake Forest took the lead again at the end of the second quarter thanks to a
two-yard TD run by Josh Harris, giving the hometown team a 17-10 lead at the
The Irish scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, tying the score
with a one-yard TD run by Gray at the 12:54 mark of the third stanza. That was
followed by the decisive score, a 16-yard TD pass from Rees to wideout Michael
The score remained 24-7 following a scoreless fourth quarter.
11/06 00:15:48 ET