No defense for this one
Looking at the numbers, Notre Dame's defense failed in giving up 33 points at home to UConn in Saturday's loss in two overtimes. But looking a little closer paints a different defensive picture — positive and negative. The Fighting Irish defense gave up only 13 points in regulation. The Huskies' other 7 points in the first four quarters came from a kickoff return for a touchdown. But when it needed to step up most, the Notre Dame defense failed to do so. In the first overtime, the Irish forced a third and 7 from the 11. But Zach Frazer found Kashif Moore in the right front corner of the end zone for the touchdown. Give Moore credit for a great leaping catch. After Notre Dame tied it up with a 4-yard touchdown catch in the same spot by Michael Floyd, the Irish stalled and kicked a field goal to open the second overtime. An incomplete pass on first down by UConn provided some hope, which was soon dashed. Jordan Todman ran for 9 on second down, Andre Dixon managed the first down on third and 1, and then Dixon carried for 11 and a 4-yard touchdown to end the game, and perhaps Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis' career in South Bend. Todman (26 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown) and Dixon (20 for 114 and a score) were a lethal one-two ground punch for the Huskies. "What they really made hay on in this game was both the power and the counter series where we had penetration inside," Weis said. "They'd bounce it to the outside, and on those plays we didn't have the edge set, and there were a lot of easy yards for them."
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