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Notes: Lewis-Moore enjoys homecoming

Sam Werner | Monday, November 2, 2009

– The game in San Antonio had an extra special meaning for Notre Dame sophomore defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore, who hails from nearby Weatherford, Texas Lewis-Moore said he received over 20 ticket requests for the game, but was able to accommodate everyone.

“It was good being back to Texas — the hospitality and everything,” Lewis-Moore said. “I miss the Texas weather.”

– Freshman kicker Nick Tausch set a Notre Dame record by connecting on his 14th-straight field goal in the third quarter. After missing his first career attempt at Michigan, Tausch has been perfect on the season. Mike Johnston set the previous record of 13 during the 1982 season.

– Saturday’s game was Notre Dame’s first indoor game since a 41-14 loss to LSU in the 2007 Sugar Bowl. It was the Irish’s first victory in a dome since beating Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl.

– Three Notre Dame players were injured in the game Saturday night. Sophomore quarterback Dayne Crist hurt his knee, and sophomore offensive lineman Trevor Robinson and sophomore defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore hurt their ankles. At his press conference Sunday night, Weis said that Crist would receive an MRI Monday to determine the extent of the injury and that Robinson could miss next week’s game against Navy with a low ankle sprain. He added, though, that Lewis-Moore’s injury was minor and didn’t anticipate him missing any time.

– Senior tight end Mike Ragone, who has played in every game this season for Notre Dame, recorded his first catch of the season Saturday night on a short six-yard completion from Clausen.

– Former Irish great and 1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown was scheduled to speak at the pep rally Friday night, but was replaced by Allen Pinkett at the last minute. Brown, a Dallas native, did represent the Irish for the game’s opening coin toss, serving as an honorary team captain.

– The Irish continued to use the Leprecat offense effectively against the Cougars, at one point running three straight plays with a player other than Clausen taking the snap. The formation worked, though, gaining 59 yards on an 80-yard first quarter touchdown drive. Junior wide receiver Golden Tate also had a touchdown run out of the Leprecat.