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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Final: Notre Dame 59, Air Force 33

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everyone expected a lot of offense Saturday, but few thought it would be Notre Dame putting up the big numbers.

The Fighting Irish scored touchdowns on their first six possessions, received more than 100 rushing yards from their second quarterback and ended up with a 59-33 win over Air Force before 80,795 fans at Notre Dame Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Andrew Hendrix saw his first career action, and his debut drew a large ovation from the crowd, especially with his 79-yard fourth-quarter rush that ended just one yard shy of the goal line.

In improving to 4-2, Notre Dame eclipsed the 500-yard mark for the second straight week and fourth time this season. The Irish, who started 0-2, will go into their bye week on a four-game winning streak before hosting USC in their first home night game in 21 years.

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