Tommy Rees had never thrown for 5 touchdown passes in a game before Saturday’s matchup with Air Force. But, his 5 TD performance helped drive Notre Dame to a 45-10 win over the Air Force Academy.
Rees, coming off an injury that sidelined him for most of the second half against USC, dominated the Falcons. He completed 17 of 22 passes for 284 yards and 5 touchdowns. He did this while only playing in less than 3 quarters. Andrew Hendrix, Notre Dame’s much maligned backup Quarterback, mopped up the rest of the game for the Fighting Irish. He completed one pass for 47 yards while running for 9 yards and a touchdown.
Brian Kelly came into the ballgame expecting that to run the ball effectively against a poor Air Force front. However, the Irish only managed 135 yards on 37 carries. One of the bright spots in the running game was the smooth running of Freshman Running Back Tarean Folston. Folston had the bulk of the carries on Saturday afternoon. He used this opportunity to gain 47 yards. Cam “Blue Steel” McDaniel again was Notre Dame’s leading rusher and had the best average.
The first two touchdowns for the Fighting Irish were generated by Notre Dame Freshman Wide Receivers Corey Robinson and Will Fuller respectively. Both catches were the first of the two young Wide Outs careers. Robinson hauled in a 35 yard pass and Fuller snagged a 46 yarder from Senior Quarterback Tommy Rees.
The Irish defense allowed a touchdown early on but only surrendered a field goal the rest of the way. Despite only giving up 10 points, Notre Dame did allow 290 yards on the ground to the Academy. Hopefully, this game gave the Irish a good idea of how to stop the option for next week.
Notre Dame moves to 6-2 on the year and keeps their BCS hopes alive. Notre Dame will head home to South Bend for their match up against Navy on November 2nd. The Midshipmen upset the Pitt Panthers today on a last second field goal, 24-21.