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On the run

Notre Dame’s running game hasn’t set the world on fire, but there have been some improvements.

The Irish are averaging 107 yards per game, No. 97 in the nation, and 3.6 yards per carry, and Armando Allen has been one of Notre Dame’s most dynamic players this season.

The senior is averaging 101.5 all-purpose yards, 74.7 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards per game.

“His vision through the hole is outstanding,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said of Allen. “I think he has been a consistent piece to our offense all year. Probably our most consistent player. His vision is as good as any back that I have coached.”

Sophomore Cierre Wood also gave Notre Dame a nice effort in Saturday’s 23-17 win over Pittsburgh.

After a couple of quite outings and miscues, Kelly defended Wood and said the coaching staff still believed in him.

Wood responded with a 28-yard effort against Pittsburgh, and while the yardage isn’t huge, Kelly said Wood’s effort was what he was looking for.

“He ran hard,” Kelly said. “His pads were down. We told him he is thinking too much. I think he got back to taking it, hitting it and relying on instincts. He’s got to continue to do that.”

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.