Sweeping up after Air Force win

SHARE Sweeping up after Air Force win

It will take a long time for Andrew Hendrix to live down his impressive debut. The sophomore quarterback completed all four of his passes and was Notre Dame’s leading rusher with 11 yards on six carries against Air Force on Saturday but all anybody wanted to talk about was how he got caught from behind on a 78-yard fourth quarter run. Coach Brian Kelly called keepers on the next two plays but Hendrix couldn’t score from the 2 before freshman George Atkinson III burst over from the 1 to score Notre Dame’s final touchdown.“We gave him a hard time about that but he did a great job running today,” starting quarterback Tommy Rees said. “We’ll mess around with him a little bit.”Hendrix didn’t appear during mopup time but on the second drive of the game. He played intermittently throughout, which Kelly said will continue to be the case because his running ability gives opposing defenses that much more to prepare for.Kelly said senior Dayne Crist remains entrenched as the backup to Rees, however.“We’re going to continue to utilize him to strengthen Tommy’s hand,” Kelly said. “With both of those guys, and Tommy obviously being in 85 to 90 percent of the game, it just gives you another dimension of our offense that if you’re not prepared for it, you can see what happens.”Records fallThe 42 points Notre Dame scored in the first half is the most the Irish have scored since they 42 in the second half against Navy in 1990. The school record for points scored in a half is 49 in he second half against Pittsburgh in 1968. The record for points scored in the first half is 48 against Georgia Tech in 1977.Injury updateEthan Johnson did not play against Air Force. The senior defensive end who twisted his ankle against Purdue last week remained on the sideline in a walking boot.

The Latest
We are primed for chaos, with a bunch of unbeaten teams going into championship weekend and a few teams behind them with absolutely stellar résumés.
Officials responded about 9:50 a.m. to the area of North Michigan Avenue and East Wacker Drive.
The team announced on Friday morning that LaVine would be sidelined at least another week with right foot soreness, but is that really a bad thing? There are growing signs that while the Bulls might not be better without the two-time All-Star guard, they definitely aren’t worse.
But a building that beckoned towards the future, housing the former Woods Motor Vehicle Co., shouldn’t be consigned to the past, architecture critic Lee Bey writes.
The court says she died in Phoenix on Friday, of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.