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Irish Insights

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Notre Dame takes slim lead into break

Notre Dame's blowout turned into another tight one after Jimmy Clausen gave the Irish a 14-0 lead with a 1-yard touchdown to start the second quarter.

Connecticut scored 10 unanswered points to cut Notre Dame's lead to 14-10 at halftime.

Connecticut was able to answer Notre Dame's second touchdown thanks to a number of missed tackles by the Irish and a penalty.

Five plays after Irish safety Sergio Brown was flagged for a personal foul costing Notre Dame 15 yards, Connecticut running back Jordan Todman worked his way through a number of Irish defenders on his way to a 43-yard touchdown run.

Todman's run cut the Irish's lead to 14-7 with 11:51 to play in the first half.

Connecticut pulled within four of Notre Dame with 3:14 to play in the half when David Teggart connected on a 39-yard field goal. The Huskies' drive took 6:12.

The one plus so far for Notre Dame is that freshman Ben Turk has had a good punting day so far.

Analysis

Bad tackling and a bad penalty turned what looked to be a runaway for Notre Dame into another tight game at halftime.

Brown needed to control himself on Connecticut's first scoring drive and not give the Huskies 15 yards.

And on Todman's run it was Brown and Harrison Smith again as the main culprits of guys in position to make a tackle but failing.

Notre Dame's final offensive drive of the first half was also hurt by a penalty.

After the Irish used all their timeouts to get the ball back with 1:25 to play in the half, Notre Dame had to abandon trying to score before halftime after left guard Chris Stewart was called for holding with 41 seconds to play moving the Irish back to their 20.

Notre Dame gets the ball to start the second half, and the Irish need to eliminate the needless penalties and drive-killing fouls from the second quarter.

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