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Saturday, November 12, 2011
End of first: Notre Dame 10, Maryland 0

By Matt Fortuna

LANDOVER, Md. -- Notre Dame's rushing game has had its way so far against Maryland, resulting in a 10-0 Irish lead after one.

Jonas Gray has six carries for 48 yards and a touchdown, a one-yard punch that came two plays after a 14-yard gain that brought him down at the 1. Gray now has 10 touchdowns in his last seven games, scoring in all seven.

Cierre Wood has four carries for 38 yards so far, largely on a few nifty moves when reaching the second level. Notre Dame is averaging 7.9 yards per carry through one quarter.

Maryland has moved the ball ever-so slightly enough to pin Notre Dame deep on several occasions, but its banged-up front-seven has no answer for the Irish's running game. The Terrapins will have to do something more on offense if they want any chance of hanging with the Irish throughout the night.