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Golson's progress

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had his best game of the season in Saturday's 38-0 home win over Wake Forest.

The sophomore threw for a career-high 346 yards and had touchdown passes of 2, 50 and 34 yards.

After the game, Golson credited part of his success to watching film of Peyton Manning, and on Sunday, coach Brian Kelly explained further about how watching Manning helped the first-year starter.

"We were using some clips of a number of quarterbacks, which is we're working on footwork and setting his feet and communication, and as you know, Manning is probably one of the great communicators, his ability to get into plays and check and do it efficiently." Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. "We have cutups that we try to use some of the greats to show some things that could be helpful. I think Everett was referring to some of the clips that he was watching, specifically centered on setting his feet."

Golson did most of his damage in the first half against the Demon Deacons, throwing for 317 yards before halftime and just missing Jimmy Clausen's record of 340 passing yards in a half set in 2009 against Navy. And all of his career-record three TD throws came before halftime.

He also made his first throws count as 12 of his first 14 completions going for first downs. The only two completions that were not first downs were a 9-yard pass to former Bishop Dwenger star John Goodman and a 2-yard TD pass to another former Dwenger standout, Tyler Eifert.

Kelly said Golson's performance was a good step, but that there is still plenty of work to do.

"There's still a lot to be learned in terms of the game itself, the situations in the game, and understanding time and place, when to throw the ball away, when not to take a sack, all those things, and those can't happen in the classroom," Kelly said. "And then there are some fundamental things that have to continue to get better.

"The great thing about Everett is he's decided that these are the things that we've put to him that he's got to get better at, and he wants to get better at them. So those are the two things: One, the knowledge of the game, understanding the game and the situations, which will take time; and the other one is still working on the fundamentals of a young quarterback that quite frankly when he got here was just a freelancer, and so getting him more disciplined. Those things are happening each day."

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