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Irish Insights

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Irish up big at half

Notre Dame could go on autopilot after halftime as the No. 3 Irish took a 31-0 lead into halftime over Wake Forest.

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson threw for a career-high 317 yards with three touchdowns in the opening half as the Irish outgained the Demon Deacons 430-113.

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, a Bishop Dwenger grad, matched Ken MacAfee's record for receptions by a tight end when he hauled in a 38-yard catch late in the second quarter.

Eifert, who has four catches for 69 yards today, has 128 receptions for his career, and he now trails MacAfee by 56 yards for the school's receiving yards record by a tight end. MacAfee's record is 1,759.

Running back Cierre Wood, who scored on 68-yard in the opening quarter, ran 104 yards on nine carries in the first half.

Golson did hit a speed bump with 11:26 to play in the first half.

After completing three impressive throws, Golson forced a pass into heavy coverage trying to hit Robby Toma for a TD and was intercepted by Wake Forest Allen Ramsey II in the end zone.

The Irish forced the Demon Deacons to punt the ball back, and Notre Dame got right back in business.

Receiver TJ Jones slipped behind Wake Forest's defense and Golson hit the junior for a 34-yard touchdown as the Irish went up 28-0 with 6:17 to play in the first half.

Kyle Brindza added a 25-yard field goal with 1:34 left in the half to push the lead to 31-0.

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