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Irish Insights

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Offense struggles in 1st half of Blue-Gold game

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame’s offense didn’t have its best showing in the first half of the Blue-Gold game Saturday.

The Irish only scored six actual points with field goals from 40 and 31 yards out by Nick Tausch. With the spring game scoring system, the defense holds a 30-28 lead at halftime.

The offense was held to 14 first downs on 10 possessions and gained 25 yards on 30 rushing attempts and 184 passing yards as quarterback Everett Golson, Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees combined to complete 13 of 26 passes.

The offense was only able to convert on 5 of 13 third downs and went 1 for 3 in the rec zone with one red zone drive ending with Golson being intercepted by safety Matthias Farley at the 1-yard line.

Linebacker Jarrett Grace, who appears to moving into the starting middle linebacker role vacated by the graduated Manti Te’o, has a game-high seven tackles with one for loss.

Defensive lineman Tyler Stockton had an impressive first half recording two sacks and six tackles, and linebacker Carlo Calabrese has five tackles, including a jarring hit on George Atkinson III after a short gain by the running back in the second quarter.

Calabrese also played a role in the red zone interception by re-routing Atkinson to set up Farley for the pick.

Golson has completed 6 of 13 passes for 98 yards. Rees is 4 for 7 for 64 yards, and Hendrix went 3 for 6 for 64 yards.

Atkinson has run for 49 yards on 10 carries with a long of 17, and DaVaris Daniels has three catches for 48 yards and tight end Troy Niklas has two catches for 46 yards.

The second half will feature a running clock after the first half was played with stoppages.

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