Notre Dame chalks up 44-6 vic­tory over Army

Kizer throws three touch­downs for Fight­ing Ir­ish as Knights fall to 5-5

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Ros­ner

DeShone Kizer threw for three touch­downs as Notre Dame de­feated Army, 44-6, in San An­to­nio.

DeShone Kizer threw for three touch­downs, C.J. San­ders re­turned the open­ing kick­off for a score, and Notre Dame beat Army, 44-6, on Satur­day.

Kizer was 17 for 28 for 209 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and had 72 yards on seven car­ries. The ju­nior was re­placed by Ma­lik Zaire for the fourth quar­ter.

“He is ma­tur­ing as a quar­ter­back,” coach Brian Kelly said. “I liked his lead­er­ship to­day. I like his lead­er­ship all week. He was hold­ing play­ers to a higher stan­dard. I liked his tough­ness.”

Kell Walker had a 2-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter for Army’s only score. Ah­mad Brad­shaw, Army’s start­ing quar­ter­back, was side­lined by a knee in­jury.

The Black Knights (5-5) be­gan the day ranked in the top 25 na­tion­ally in sev­eral de­fen­sive cat­e­gories, but the Ir­ish (4-6) were in com­plete con­trol right from the start.

San­ders re­turned the open­ing kick­off 92 yards, and Kizer tossed a 37yard touch­down pass to fresh­man Kevin Stepher­son with 10 min­utes left in the first quar­ter. Josh Adams had a 2-yard touch­down run with 3:44 re­main­ing, and the rout was on.

Notre Dame fin­ished with 261 yards rush­ing. Tarean Fol­ston had 84 yards on 13 car­ries, and Adams fin­ished with 15 car­ries for 70 yards.

The Ir­ish led 38-6 at half­time. Tight end Durham Smythe had sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down re­cep­tions of 10 and 31 yards.

“I re­ally don’t know what to say af­ter a tail whip­ping like that,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “We couldn’t stop the ball and couldn’t run the ball ef­fec­tively enough to keep drives go­ing. Credit Notre Dame. They played like a cham­pi­onship team.”

The Take­away

Army: The Black Knights have only two win­ning sea­sons since the mid-1990s — 10-2 in 1996 and 7-6 in

2010. Af­ter be­gin­ning this year with three straight wins, Army is in jeop­ardy of fall­ing short of a win­ning sea­son again. The Black Knights have games left against Mor­gan State and Navy, which beat Notre Dame last week.

Notre Dame: By im­prov­ing to 4-6, the Ir­ish stayed in the run­ning for bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity. They have won 15 straight against Army.

Up Next

Army: The Black Knights host Mor­gan State. They have met once be­fore, with Army win­ning 28-12 in 2013.

Notre Dame: The Ir­ish host Vir­ginia Tech on Satur­day in the first-ever meet­ing be­tween the schools.


Notre Dame wide re­ceiver Kevin Stepher­son, right, evades Army de­fen­sive back Jay­lon McClin­ton dur­ing the first half of Satur­day’s game in San An­to­nio.

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