Chicago Colleges: Josh Harris

Mopping up after Wake Forest

November, 6, 2011
11/06/11
4:41
PM CT
Notre Dame escaped Winston-Salem, N.C., with a 24-17 win against Wake Forest in the first meeting between the two schools. The Demon Deacons were, according to Notre Dame's sports information department, the 141st different opponent the Irish have faced, and the Irish are now 118-20-3 (.848) in first meetings with opponents.

Here are a few more nuggets from the fine folks in Notre Dame's media relations:
  • Notre Dame is 34-7 (.829) in road games against teams they had never played before, winning their past 18 dating to 1921.
  • Josh Harris was just the third running back to score a touchdown against the Irish in the past 18 games, joining Navy's Gee Gee Greene and Air Force's Jon Lee. Wake Forest had just 20 rushing yards on 15 carries in the second half Saturday night.
  • Tommy Rees' two touchdown passes give him 29 for his career, passing Angelo Bertelli for seventh in school history. Rees' 17 touchdown passes this season have him tied for 17th.
  • Jonas Gray is the first Notre Dame running back with a rushing touchdown in six straight games since Ryan Grant in 2002.
  • Michael Floyd's 35 total touchdowns are tied with Vagas Ferguson for fourth in school history.

Halftime: Wake Forest 17, Notre Dame 10

November, 5, 2011
11/05/11
9:08
PM CT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Notre Dame trails Wake Forest by seven entering halftime. Here's a quick look at what went down in the first 30 minutes.

Turning point: The Demon Deacons capped the first half with an 11-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown run by Josh Harris and a 17-10 lead. Aaron Lynch missed some time on the drive after appearing to hurt an ankle but returned for the end of it. Wake Forest's offense has been very impressive against the Irish's defense so far.

Yards per rush: The teams are tied at 4.4 yards per carry going into the break, especially surprising given what was seemingly a mismatch of lines heading into this one. Wake Forest's small defensive front has done a solid job early against the Irish offensive line, which is currently without center Braxston Cave. Let's see if the Demon Deacons' D-line can hold up in the second half.

Best player in the half: Wake Forest's Tanner Price has done a great job of escaping the rush and keeping plays alive with his feet. The sophomore quarterback has completed 10 of 14 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, adding two carries for 21 yards. The Irish defense has to do a better job of containing him in the final 30 minutes.

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