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Nov. 16, 2015 Issue

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

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UNDER THE DOME romps through the middle for a 66-yard touchdown to put Notre Dame ahead. Watters, who would rush for 174 yards on 17 carries, adds another 10-yard score, and then junior Raghib "Rocket" Ismail displays an electrifying burst down the sideline for a 44-yard TD and a seemingly insurmountable 34-23 cushion with 3:33 left. However, Tennessee — which racks up 516 yards of total offense (399 passing) — scores on a 23-yard pass from Andy Kelly to Alvin Harper, recovers the onside kick and with just less than a minute remaining has first-and-10 at the Irish 20. A pass into the end zone, though, is intercepted by converted running back Rod Smith. The Irish improve to 32-2 in their last 34 games — highlighted by an extraordinary 11-1 against teams ranked in the top 10. 5 Years Ago: Nov. 13, 2010 After a bye week following stunning losses to Navy (35-17) and Tulsa (28-27) to drop to 4-5, Notre Dame — with freshman quarterback Tommy Rees making his first career start — easily defeats No. 15 Utah, 28-3. Junior cornerback Robert Blanton begins the scoring by blocking a punt he then scoops up for a touch- down. Rees (13-of-20 for 129 yards and three touchdowns) then finds senior wideout Duval Kamara on 26- and 12-yard scores after also connecting with Michael Floyd on a three-yard tally. First-year head coach Brian Kelly sees the Irish snap an 11-game losing streak to ranked teams (the longest in school history), with the previous such win occurring in 2006 against No. 19 Penn State. — Lou Somogyi

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