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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Irish running ball effectively


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Notre Dame answered its test by coming back on an impressive scoring drive to make it 14-10. More importantly for the future of this game lies with the Irish ground attack: It actually looks pretty good for a change.

Armando Allen already has 67 yards on 13 carries, including some tough yards on third down. The Notre Dame line has done a good job of giving him room. If that keeps up, the Irish will be able to open up the passing game like they last drive, when Michael Floyd and Golden Tate both having big catches.

Michigan cornerback Boubacar Cissoko was victimized on both those receptions in single coverage. But it's hard for anybody to cover those guys one-on-one all day.