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Saturday, November 04, 2017 5:50 pm

Halftime thoughts: Notre Dame 31, Wake Forest 10

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND — Quick hits from intermission at Notre Dame Stadium:

Injury report: Starting running back Josh Adams left the game in the first quarter and hasn't returned. NBC's game broadcast reported doctors were examining Adams for a possible concussion. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush took a big hit late in the first half and remained on the ground for a long time. When he was finally helped to his feet, he walked off the field directly to the locker room.

Stealing seven points at end of half: The Irish put on a clinic in situational football at the end of the half, driving for a touchdown after getting the ball back with 3:09 left at their own 1-yard line. After Wimbush left, Ian Book tossed a 1-yard TD pass to Nic Weishar.

Wimbush's world: He played arguably his best half as a collegian, completing 11 of 19 passes for 164 yards and carrying nine times for 98 yards and two scores.

The Chase is on: Wimbush's favorite target has been wide receiver Chase Claypool, who has six catches for 75 yards. Those are season highs.

Love again: Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford was intercepted on a curl route. Cornerback Julian Love recognized the play immediately, stepped in front of the pass and came up with his team-leading third interception of the season. One play later, Tony Jones Jr. ran for a 5-yard score to give the Irish a 17-3 lead with 14 minutes left in the half.

Wake gets ball to start second half: Notre Dame won the opening toss and chose to receive, so the Demon Deacons will get the ball to open the second half.