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Adams, Love help No. 9 Notre Dame wear down No. 14 NC State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) There was plenty of Love in the air and on the ground as No. 9 Notre Dame continued its comeback season with a convincing 35-14 victory over 14-ranked North Carolina State on a blustery Saturday afternoon.

''It's amazing running behind those guys,'' Notre Dame running back Josh Adams said after he rushed for 202 yards on 27 carries, including a 77-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter. ''I just love those guys.''

The long run came almost eight minutes after cornerback Julian Love returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, his second interception return for a touchdown this season. The two touchdowns put the Irish, up 21-14 at halftime, on cruise control.

Adams, whose sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and second 200-yard effort, has been catapulted into the Heisman Trophy race by his offensive line that produced 318 rushing yards. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior now has 1,169 yards on 132 carries, an average of 8.9 yards per carry.

''There's 11 guys on offense, 11 on defense and 11 on special teams,'' said Adams, who wears No. 33, about the on-line campaign ''33 Trucking.'' ''I don't think it's built around me. We're just trying to stay focused in what we want to accomplish.''

The sixth straight victory by Brian Kelly's team, now 7-1, avenged a 10-3 loss at N.C. State last year in windy and rainy conditions caused by Hurricane Matthew that was the low point of a 4-8 campaign. N.C. State (6-2) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.

''Our guys were up to the task,'' Kelly said. ''They continually come out with energy and a mindset to get after the opponent.''

The two long third-quarter plays broke open a game that Notre Dame led 21-14 at halftime.

''I thought we really needed it,'' said Love, who also had three passes broken up. ''We were up but you always need that turn of momentum, that crushing blow to an opponent.''

Love's interception ended N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley's streak of consecutive passes without throwing an interception at 339. Earlier this season, Love had a 50-yard interception return for a TD in Notre Dame's 38-18 victory at Michigan State.

''That was a huge momentum play,'' N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. ''I thought their defensive kids played well We were able to score just one touchdown.''

Notre Dame junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush had three first-half touchdowns, his 11th rushing TD of the season and two scoring passes of 25 yards to Durham Smythe and 11 yards to Kevin Stepherson. The scoring pass to Smythe came after Germaine Pratt of N.C. State fell on a blocked Irish punt to put the Wolfpack up 7-0.

''When you get a punt block, the tendency is that it affects your football team,'' Kelly said. ''Our team didn't flinch.''

THE TAKEAWAY

N.C. State: The Wolfpack return home to play defending national champion Clemson Saturday in a battle for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division. N.C. State, 4-0 in league play, is probably out of the national championship picture.

''We're going to go home, we're going to look at what happened, why we didn't play the way we expected to,'' Doeren said. ''We'll have those answers as we watch the film, get ready to play Clemson at home, which I know is a game our guys are excited about.''

Notre Dame: The Irish, whose only loss this season came against No. 3 Georgia 20-19, keep their hopes alive for a possible College Football Playoff spot. The first College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed Tuesday evening on ESPN.

''We've gotten better each and every week,'' Kelly said. ''We're physically stronger, so mentally we've established a mindset as to how we play. I think the kids are trusting the teaching. So if you take the physical, the mental and the teaching, it's a team that is getting better.''

WOUNDED WOLF

N.C. State suffered a big blow to its offense when Hines, who had rushed over 100 yards in the previous three games, sustained an ankle injury on the kickoff following Notre Dame's first touchdown of the game. Hines, a track All-American, averages 178.4 all-purpose yards per game that was fourth nationally. Another all-purpose standout, Jaylen Samuels, and backup running back Reggie Gallaspy took his place.

''Losing Nyheim was a big blow,'' Doeren said. ''Fortunately it's not a big injury, just a sprain.''

IN A RUSH

Adams' 35-yard run in the first quarter took him over the 1,000-yard plateau on his 110th rushing attempt, the quickest in Notre Dame history. He finished the half with 102 yards on 18 carries, his sixth 100-yard effort of the season and fifth time he's reached the century mark before halftime. Wimbush's 3-yard TD run in the second quarter was his 11th rushing TD of the season, the most by a quarterback in a season at Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

N.C. State: The Wolfpack, 4-0 in the ACC Atlantic, return home to play division rival No. 7 Clemson Saturday.

Notre Dame: The Irish play their third straight home game when they welcome Wake Forest Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:11
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
35
Touchdown 4:11
33-J.Adams runs 77 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
77
yds
00:16
pos
14
34
Point After TD 12:05
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 12:20
15-R.Finley incomplete. Intended for 3-K.Harmon INTERCEPTED by 27-J.Love at ND 31. 27-J.Love runs 69 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
69
yds
0:00
pos
14
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:30
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 5:30
7-B.Wimbush complete to 29-K.Stepherson. 29-K.Stepherson runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
02:18
pos
14
20
Point After TD 9:37
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 9:37
7-B.Wimbush runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
17
plays
75
yds
05:06
pos
14
13
Point After TD 14:48
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 14:48
15-R.Finley complete to 3-K.Harmon. 3-K.Harmon runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
76
yds
02:02
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:36
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 9:36
7-B.Wimbush complete to 80-D.Smythe. 80-D.Smythe runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
60
yds
00:23
pos
7
6
Point After TD 10:05
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:10
85-T.Newsome punts -11 yards from ND 11 blocked by 39-J.Smith-Williams. 3-G.Pratt runs no gain for a touchdown.
4
plays
-5
yds
01:52
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 25
Rushing 4 15
Passing 9 6
Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Conv 5-16 9-16
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 260 415
Total Plays 61 73
Avg Gain 4.3 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 50 318
Rush Attempts 24 54
Avg Rush Yards 2.1 5.9
Net Yards Passing 210 97
Comp. - Att. 17-37 10-19
Yards Per Pass 5.7 5.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 2-7
Penalties - Yards 12-89 4-29
Touchdowns 1 5
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 8-44.5 6-40.3
Return Yards 129 153
Punts - Returns 1-11 3-11
Kickoffs - Returns 5-118 3-73
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-69
Kicking 2/2 5/5
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
14 NC State 6-2 770014
9 Notre Dame 7-1 71414035
210 PASS YDS 97
50 RUSH YDS 318
260 TOTAL YDS 415
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.9% 213 1 1 97.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.3% 2181 12 1 143.8
R. Finley 17/37 213 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 296 4
R. Gallaspy II 11 47 0 14
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 209 7
J. Samuels 8 18 0 12
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
118 654 6
N. Hines 2 6 0 3
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 59 1
R. Finley 3 -21 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 97 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 644 3
K. Harmon 7 97 1 24
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 408 2
S. Louis 2 56 0 42
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 340 3
J. Meyers 3 31 0 13
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 474 3
J. Samuels 2 21 0 18
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 21 0
R. Gallaspy II 3 8 0 5
C. Riley 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 98 0
C. Riley 0 0 0 0
C. Cook 48 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 29 0
C. Cook 0 0 0 0
D. Autenrieth 42 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Autenrieth 0 0 0 0
M. Fisher 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Fisher 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Fernandez 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
J. Fernandez 10-3 0.0 0
J. Morehead 31 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
J. Morehead 8-0 0.0 0
B. Chubb 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
B. Chubb 7-1 1.0 0
J. Alston 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
J. Alston 4-0 0.0 0
G. Pratt 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 1 0.0
G. Pratt 4-4 0.0 0
A. Moore 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
A. Moore 4-0 0.0 0
K. Street 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
K. Street 3-0 1.0 0
B. Hill 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Hill 3-1 0.0 0
I. Stallings 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
I. Stallings 2-0 0.0 0
N. McCloud 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. McCloud 2-1 0.0 0
Mi. Stevens 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
Mi. Stevens 2-1 0.0 0
S. Boone 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
S. Boone 2-3 0.0 0
T. Kidd-Glass 34 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
T. Kidd-Glass 2-3 0.0 0
D. Wright 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Wright 1-0 0.0 0
J. Jones 27 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
D. Roseboro 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Roseboro 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Wise 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/11 32/34
C. Wise 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 44.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 44.7 6
A. Cole III 8 44.5 3 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 29.0 58 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 29.0 58 0
J. Samuels 4 29.0 58 0
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 22.2 2 0
N. Hines 1 2.0 2 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 18.5 11 1
N. Hines 1 11.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Wimbush 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 104 2 0 133.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.8% 1006 10 2 118.5
B. Wimbush 10/19 104 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Adams 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
27 202 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
132 1169 9
J. Adams 27 202 1 77
D. McIntosh 38 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 63 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 304 4
D. McIntosh 11 63 0 10
D. Williams 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 247 4
D. Williams 8 33 0 9
B. Wimbush 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
89 529 11
B. Wimbush 7 21 1 20
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Smythe 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 182 1
D. Smythe 3 52 1 25
K. Stepherson 29 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 79 2
K. Stepherson 2 24 1 13
C. Claypool 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 174 1
C. Claypool 2 17 0 11
E. St. Brown 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 253 3
E. St. Brown 2 13 0 9
M. Boykin 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 84 1
M. Boykin 0 0 0 0
A. Mack 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 154 0
A. Mack 0 0 0 0
A. Shinaver 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Shinaver 0 0 0 0
J. Adams 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 82 0
J. Adams 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Coney 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
T. Coney 7-2 0.0 0
D. Tranquill 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 1 0.5
D. Tranquill 5-1 0.5 0
S. Crawford 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
S. Crawford 4-0 0.0 0
D. Hayes 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Hayes 4-1 0.0 0
N. Morgan 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
N. Morgan 2-4 0.0 0
J. Tillery 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Tillery 2-1 0.0 0
K. Kareem 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Kareem 2-0 0.0 0
N. Watkins 7 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Watkins 2-0 0.0 0
J. Love 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
J. Love 2-0 0.0 1
N. Coleman 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Coleman 1-0 0.0 0
C. Sanders 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Sanders 1-0 0.0 0
A. Trumbetti 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
A. Trumbetti 1-1 0.5 0
J. Okwara 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
J. Okwara 1-1 0.0 0
J. Elliott 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Elliott 1-1 0.0 0
M. Tagovailoa-Amosa 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Tagovailoa-Amosa 1-0 0.0 0
G. Martini 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
G. Martini 1-0 0.0 0
T. Pride Jr. 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Pride Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
M. Assaf 24 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Assaf 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Yoon 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
7/10 43/43
J. Yoon 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Newsome 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 40.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
43 44.4 3
T. Newsome 6 40.3 1 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Sanders 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.5 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 23.4 32 0
C. Sanders 2 28.5 32 0
T. Jones Jr. 34 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
T. Jones Jr. 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 3.7 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 4.8 15 0
C. Finke 3 3.7 15 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 NCST 28 0:35 3 3 Punt
10:05 ND 2 0:00 1 -5
9:29 NCST 19 4:34 11 43 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:34 NCST 29 2:02 8 71 TD
9:30 NCST 13 1:29 3 -3 Punt
5:24 NCST 24 0:42 4 24 Punt
2:13 NCST 23 2:09 9 45 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 NCST 20 2:34 7 78 INT
11:52 ND 42 4:17 8 35 Downs
5:53 NCST 42 1:20 3 5 Punt
4:11 NCST 35 1:07 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:29 NCST 8 0:42 3 3 Punt
9:55 NCST 20 1:05 3 2 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 ND 21 1:57 4 19 Punt
12:02 ND 21 1:52 4 -10 TD
9:59 ND 40 0:23 3 60 TD
4:47 ND 6 2:02 6 14 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:43 ND 28 5:06 17 72 TD
7:48 ND 40 2:18 9 60 TD
4:28 ND 12 2:06 5 21 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:31 ND 7 1:32 3 9 Punt
4:27 ND 23 0:16 2 77 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:56 ND 10 2:24 12 54 Punt
11:33 NCST 48 1:29 3 1 Punt
8:40 ND 19 8:06 15 76 Game