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  • Associated Press Notre Dame running back Josh Adams heads for the end zone for his second touchdown today against Miami (Ohio) in South Bend.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 7:20 pm

Halftime thoughts: Notre Dame 45, Miami (Ohio) 14

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND — Here's a quick take on the first half at Notre Dame Stadium:

Offensively, No. 22 Notre Dame is on fire -- eight drives, six touchdowns, a 43-yard field goal made by Justin Yoon, 21 unanswered points late in the first quarter and early in the second. It's been easy pickings.

Miami (Ohio) has no answer for Josh Adams. He now has 2,426 career rushing yards, passing Randy Kinder for 10th place on Notre Dame's all-time list. Adams has 159 yards on eight carries today. He has two touchdown runs, of 73 and 59 yards.

Defensively, the Irish have come up with two turnovers. Defensive end Jay Hayes recovered a fumble that was forced by defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, and linebacker Greer Martini registered the first interception of his career.

The 45 points gave Notre Dame its highest-scoring first half in coach Brian Kelly's eight-year tenure.

Overall, you can’t ask for much more from the Irish. They wanted to surge past an inferior opponent, and they’re 30 minutes from doing just that.

The RedHawks get the ball to start the second half.