Saturday, November 04, 2017 7:40 pm
Irish match yardage record in rout of Demon Deacons
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame gained 720 yards of total offense in Saturday's 48-37 victory over Wake Forest, matching a school record.
Instrumental in the outburst were quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who completed 15 of 30 throws for a career-high 280 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Chase Claypool, who set career highs with nine catches for 180 yards and a score.
Sterling running back Josh Adams, a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy, left the game in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury. He had five carries for 22 yards but didn't return despite participating in second-half warmups.
No big deal, as No. 5 Notre Dame (8-1) rolled up 380 rushing yards, including 110 from Wimbush. The sophomore quarterback had scoring runs of 6 and 50 yards.
The Irish had a season-high 340 yards passing. Ian Book, who threw a 1-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half when Wimbush was briefly shaken up and left the game for a play, contributed 60 yards and went 8 for 8.
Wake Forest (5-3) scored more points than any team has against Notre Dame this year. Still, the visitors were overwhelmed, trailing 31-10 at halftime and 41-23 entering the fourth quarter.
Wimbush's 6-yard TD run put Notre Dame up 7-3 by the end of the first quarter. Following Justin Yoon's 34-yard field goal and Julian Love's team-high third interception, Tony Jones Jr. extended the lead to 17-3 with a 5-yard scoring run.
Wake quarterback John Wolford (28 of 45, 331 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) had a 20-yard TD run that cut the lead to 17-10, but Wimbush broke loose on a draw play for his 50-yard TD, and a wide-open Nic Weishar caught the TD pass from Book at the end of the first half.
Winners of seven straight, the Irish play at No. 10 Miami next week before the closing the regular season with games against Navy at home and Stanford on the road.