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Oct. 7, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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oklahoma game notes By Dan Murphy George Atkinson III Finds His Stride Notre Dame's extended search for a No. 1 running back — one that started in the first week of training camp — wound back to where it began, with the ball in the hands of junior George Atkinson III. The 220-pound running back ran through Oklahoma's defense with the authority his coaches expected when they put him alone at the top of the depth chart in August. Atkinson carried the ball 14 times for a career-high 148 yards and a touchdown during the 35‑21 loss to the Sooners. In four previous games, he had rushed 24 times for 121 yards. Atkinson attacked the line of scrimmage rather than keeping his hips parallel to the sideline and getting caught Red Zone EffIciency (Inside 20-Yard Line) No Poss. TD FG Score Notre Dame 11 00 Oklahoma 41 21 Atkinson III had 14 carries for a career-high 148 yards and busted loose for an 80-yard touchdown run against the Sooners. photo by bill panzica Notre Dame vs. oklahoma Quarter-By-Quarter Comparison Notre Dame 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Total Time of Possession 10:29 6:27 4:31 2:49 16:56 7:20 24:16 3rd-Down Conversions 2-41-31-20-3 3-71-5 4-12 4th-Down Conversions 0-00-00-00-0 0-00-0 0-0 Average Field Position ND-24ND-34ND-23ND-23 ND-27ND-23 ND-25 Oklahoma 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final Time of Possession 4:31 8:33 10:29 12:11 13:04 22:40 35:44 3rd-Down Conversions 0-22-31-42-5 2-53-9 5-14 4th-Down Conversions 0-00-10-00-0 0-10-0 0-1 Average Field Position OU-43OU-10OU-31OU-31 OU-30OU-31 OU-30

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