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Notre Dame wide receiver John Goodman, right, makes a catch for a touchdown over Wake Forest cornerback Merrill Noel

Irish dominate in home finale

Notre Dame will head west with its perfect record in tact and the stylish win everyone was looking for over the last three games.

The No. 3 Irish crushed Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium as they completed their first undefeated home season since 1998.

Notre Dame scored more in its home finale than it scored in any of its home victories this season, and it keeps the 11-0 Irish in the national championship picture as they head to USC next week to finish the regular season. The Demon Deacons fell to 5-6.

The only thing that didn't help Notre Dame on Saturday was the Trojans losing to UCLA 38-28. USC, which began the season ranked No. 1, is now 7-4.

Notre Dame entered this weekend third in the BCS standings behind No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon. The Irish will likely need one of those teams, which both play tonight, to lose if they hope to reach the national championship game, even with another blowout win like Saturday's.

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.

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