Daily Dish - 10.10.11

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5714138.jpeg - Despite an overwhelming edge in shots and quality scoring chances in the second half and both overtime periods in its BIG EAST Conference women's soccer match at Rutgers, Notre Dame wasn't able to find the winning solution and wound up sharing the spoils with the Scarlet Knights, as Sunday's matinee ended in a 0-0 draw at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. ... it was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Fighting Irish and keeps Notre Dame unbeaten in its last four matches, as well as six of their last seven outings ... the Fighting Irish finished with a 21-9 advantage in total shots for the afternoon, including a 17-3 edge during the final 45 minutes and the two 10-minute overtime sessions.

- A second straight BIG EAST Conference volleyball road win came in the form of a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-12) victory for Notre Dame Sunday afternoon at the West Virginia Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. ... paving the way for the Irish over host West Virginia was senior Kristen Dealy and her 16 kills ... in fact, Dealy hit an eye-popping .533 on the day without an error in 30 attempts.

- Sean Lorenz, Anders Lee and T.J. Tynan each had a goal and an assist and Notre Dame got strong play from its special teams as the Irish rallied to overcome a 2-0 second-period deficit on the way to a 5-3 hockey win over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Saturday night in front of 6,303 fans at AMSOIL Arena ... Nick Larson and Kevin Lind added the other two Irish goals while Sam Calabrese chipped in a pair of key assists for a two-point night on the score sheet ... Steven Summerhays made 21 saves in helping Notre Dame to a split of the weekend series.

- The 11th-ranked men's soccer team played No. 1 Connecticut to a scoreless draw in BIG EAST Blue Division action on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,943 fans at Alumni Stadium on the Notre Dame campus ... the tie snapped Connecticut's 11-game win streak.

- Here are some of Brian Kelly's comments from Sunday's media teleconference:

"We've said, listen, if we want to make the playoffs we have to win each and every week. We said, let's get to the top 14 in the country, you're in the playoffs and that means you've got to win a lot of games. It's a must-win situation each week and every game is a playoff game for us."

"Any time you are preparing against the option, yards have nothing to do with the outcome. It's about keeping the points down."

"When you have to prepare for triple option and the ability of the quarterback to run, you put in one less coverage for Michael Floyd and you put in one less blitz package to get after Tommy Rees because you're afraid you may get caught in that when (Andrew) Hendrix is in the game So it protects him (Rees) more when you have that kind of versatility in your offense."

"When you can protect the quarterback at the level that we do and to run the ball the past two weeks for over 250 yards, that's about as complete as it gets for an offensive line."

- Here are some leftover football notes from the Notre Dame-Air Force contest:

* The last time Notre Dame had seven different players score TDs in a game was in the 48-17 win over Arizona State in 1999 at Notre Dame Stadium.

* The last Notre Dame QB to run for 100 yards was Carlyle Holiday who had 22-109 vs. Boston College in 2001; Andrew Hendrix had six for 111.

* The 555 total yards by Notre Dame is the most this season (551 last week at Purdue).

* Notre Dame's 59 points are most by an Irish team since 62-0 vs. Rutgers in 1996 in Lou Holtz's last game at ND Stadium

* It was first time Irish have scored 50 anywhere since a 57-7 win at Stanford in 2003.

* It was first time Irish have been over 50 points at Notre Dame Stadium since a 52-20 win over Boston College in 1997.

* The last time a Notre Dame team scored more points in any half than first-half 42 vs. Air Force was 48 in second half vs. Georgia Tech in 1977.

* Last time an Irish QB threw four TD passes in first half of a game was Brady Quinn who did it in 2004 in first half vs. Washington at Notre Dame Stadium.

* Tommy Rees now has at least one TD pass in 11 straight games - third on all-time list behind Brady Quinn (16) and Jimmy Clausen (13)

- The Irish men's lacrosse team outscored Air Force 17-7 in four quarters worth of a scrimmage this morning at sunny Arlotta Stadium on the Notre Dame campus.

- Our national colors were presented at the Notre Dame-Air Force football game by Roger Parent, who was one of the first Notre Dame graduates to serve in the Peace Corps ... he and other graduates who served in the Peace Corps were on campus to celebrate the volunteer agency's 50th anniversary ... President Emeritus Rev.Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., played a significant role in the creation of the Peace Corps and Notre Dame was the training site for the first volunteers in the summer of 1961.

- There was a pre-game flyover (before the Notre Dame-Air Force football game) by USAF B-2 stealth bomber named the "Spirit of Ohio" and piloted by Captains Jonathan Roe and Richard Lyon from the 393rd Bomb Squadron located at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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