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Irish Insights


Irish lead after 1

Notre Dame took a 21-3 lead into the second quarter over Air Force in a first quarter that featured a new QB package, a big catch and one receivers first touchdown.

Michael Floyd added to his highlight reel of a career to end the Irish's first drive of the game with a touchdown.

The senior receiver made a leaping catch and appeared to just hit the pylon with his toe before coming down on the line for a 34-yard touchdown catch. The incredible grab gave Notre Dame a 7-0 lead with 12:13 left in the first quarter.

The Irish followed the TD by giving up a 29-yard run, but safety Jamoris Slaughter stripped Air Force receiver Jonathan Warzeka of the ball and Notre Dame recovered.

The Irish then marched 59 yards while unveiling a new offensive package. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Hendrix was used twice on the second drive, completing a pass for minus three yards and running for six.

Tommy Rees finished the second drive with a 5-yard TD pass to tight end and former Bishop Dwenger standout Tyler Eifert, and the sophomore QB also threw a 10-yard TD to Robby Toma after an Air Force field goal.

It was Toma's first TD catch of his career.

Rees went 10 for 14 for 124 yards with 3 touchdowns in the first quarter, and Hendrix was 2 for 2 for 19 yards thanks to a 22-yard toss to Eifert.