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Atkinson has career day

Chris Allen | Monday, October 8, 2012

CHICAGO – Sophomore running back George Atkinson set a number of career highs in Notre Dame’s 41-3 victory over Miami in the Shamrock Series. Atkinson finished the contest with 123 yards on the ground on 10 carries. His average of 12.3 yards per rushing attempt is the highest for a Notre Dame running back (minimum of 10 carries) since Reggie Brooks’ 13.7 per rush in 1992 against Purdue. Atkinson’s 55-yard rushing touchdown in the waning seconds of the third quarter was his second touchdown of 50-plus yards this season.

No trail

The Irish are the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision that has not trailed in a game. Notre Dame got on the board first with a one-yard touchdown run by senior running back Theo Riddick in the first quarter and led throughout the contest. The 2012 incarnation of the Irish is the first Notre Dame team to accomplish this feat since the 1947 team, who never trailed en route to a national championship after accomplishing the same feat in 1946.
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