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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Irish closing gap, but time running out

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A quick scoring drive following a B.J. Daniels touchdown pass has Notre Dame closing the gap on South Florida. But will the Fighting Irish have enough time?

Cierre Wood's one-yard touchdown run cut the Bulls' lead to 23-13 with 7:35 remaining, but the Irish could not convert on a two-point try after a pair of USF penalties. The Irish took just three minutes, 40 seconds off the clock, relying heavily on Michael Floyd. The senior receiver hauled in four catches for 44 yards on the drive and has matched a career-high with 11 catches on the day, totaling 144 yards.

Floyd also surpassed Jeff Samardzija's school reception record of 179 career catches on the drive.

Notre Dame will have to rely on its defense to respond after it surrendered its first touchdown of the season.

Daniels' 2-yard touchdown pass to Evan Landi made it 23-7 with 11:05 remaining following a Gary Gray pass interference penalty on third-and-goal.