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Eifert delivers for Notre Dame

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert wasn't hanging his head or demanding the ball after a three-game dip in his production.

The Bishop Dwenger graduate simply waited for his time as he adjusted to having defenses pay more attention to him, and he was ready to come through when the Irish needed him to.

Eifert came through in a big way against Stanford in Saturday's 20-13 overtime victory. The 6-foot-6, 251-pound senior had four catches for 57 yards, and he came down with a 24-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 10.

"They were just throwing the ball more my way, and some of the things that Stanford was doing was allowing me to get open," Eifert said.

Eifert's four receptions against the Cardinal were one more than he had in wins over Miami, Michigan and Michigan State.

He didn't have a reception against the Spartans. He did come down with an important 38-yard catch for a first down late against Michigan, and he had two catches for 31 yards against Miami.

"I enjoy catching the ball and making plays, and we're winning," said Eifert, who has a team-high 246 receiving yards on 15 receptions with two touchdowns. "It's nice."

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.