Even after Notre Dame's clutch win over Georgia Tech, the Irish still weren't ranked. While Florida State and Clemson dropped out of the polls, Notre Dame didn't even move up. With their battle against #15 Penn State, this was vital.
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The game was at Happy Valley. It seemed easy for Penn State to run their offense, but they didn't have much sucess. On their first drive, Terrail Lambert picked off Morelli and brought it back in Nittany Lions territory. Clausen lead the offense to a rushing touchdown with James Aldridge. But Penn State came back. They burnt a whole quarter to come down and score on a short pass. The Irish then got it back to Lions territory, but they didn't score before half. The score is tied at 7.
Notre Dame kicked off the ball, so the Irish got it to start off this quarter. Using their great outside running game, they pounded it for a Travis Thomas rushing touchdown. Penn State then gets the ball. They try to score fast, but that leaves their weak quarterback Morelli (yeah, I said it!) vulnerable. With the 3-4 scheme, Notre Dame is better against the pass defense now. That leads to Maurice Crum with an interception return for a touchdown. Penn State tries again, and this time they suceed with a 32 yard pass, but there is not enough time left. Notre Dame wins 21-14.
Clausen lead the Irish with 56 passing yards and a 70% completion percentage. Aldridge lead the way with 64 yards and a touchdown. Luke Schmidt the fullback lead the Irish in receiving with two catches for twenty yards. Maurice Crum had five tackles and the interception return to go along with another interception.
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