Irish solve slow-starting woes

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame hadn't scored a touchdown in the first half in its past two games, and not counting the Washington State blowout, had only two first-half touchdowns in its last four competitive games.

The Irish talked all week about finding a way to get going early. They discovered the cure in the form of UConn's defense. Notre Dame marched 69 yards for a touchdown after forcing a three-and-out on the opening defensive series.

Golden Tate had three catches for 37 yards on the drive, including the touchdown. He could break the Irish single-season receiving records today.

And if UConn doesn't play better than that on defense, it will be a long day for the Huskies.