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Saturday, April 22, 2017 3:40 pm

Defense shines as Gold team wins Irish spring game

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND – There were more than 600 total yards in Notre Dame's spring game, yet the defensive effort stuck out most.

In the annual Blue & Gold game on Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium, the Gold team, comprised of a first-team defense, came away with a 27-14 victory over the first-team offense that took the field as the Blue squad.

Daelin Hayes was credited with three of Gold's seven sacks, and quarterback Brandon Wimbush was intercepted twice, once by Jalen Elliott on a tipped pass and once by Nick Watkins near the goal line.

Blue actually struck first on a 25-yard touchdown run by Josh Adams, but Dexter Williams answered with a 38-yard TD run, and a pair of field goals sent Gold to a 13-7 lead after the first quarter.

It was 20-7 at halftime because of Deon McIntosh's 2-yard TD run on the first play of the second quarter.

Quarterback Ian Book, who completed 17 of 22 passes for 277 yards, capped the scoring with a 37-yard strike to C.J. Sanders in the third quarter.

Wimbush went 19 of 27 for 260 yards.

The game's leading receiver was Miles Boykin with four catches for 82 yards, and the leading rusher Wlliams with 96 yards on nine carries.