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Air Force crushes hapless Notre Dame in South Bend

Nov 10, 2007 - 11:23 PM SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Air Force authored the latest chapter to Notre Dame's nightmare.

Shaun Carney threw two touchdown passes Saturday as the Falcons rolled to an easy 41-24 triumph over hapless Notre Dame.

It was the fifth victory in the last six games for Air Force (8-3), which ended a three-game losing streak against the Fighting Irish and improved to 6-22 all-time in this series.

Conversely, Notre Dame (1-9) continued the worst season in its storied history, dropping its fourth straight contest while losing to Air Force for the first time since 1996.

The Fighting Irish failed to rebound from last week's 46-44 triple-overtime loss to Navy, their first loss in that historic series since 1963. Notre Dame had not lost to two service academies in the same season since 1944, when it dropped decisions to Navy and then-No. 1 Army.

But Carney helped etch yet another dubious distinction into Notre Dame's record book Saturday, completing 10-of-16 passes for 120 yards to lead Air Force to its most lopsided win in the 44-year history of this rivalry.

Carney also rushed for 41 yards and a score on nine carries for Air Force, which bridged the second and third quarters with 21 straight points to turn a tight contest into a laugher.

Spencer Armstrong gave Air Force the lead for good with 1:12 remaining in the first half, scoring on an eight-yard run to make it 17-10. Carney tossed TD passes of 7 and 10 yards in the third quarter to give the Falcons a 31-10 edge.

Notre Dame has never finished a season with less than two victories. The Fighting Irish close out their home schedule next week against Duke before visiting Stanford in their season finale November 24.

Freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 22-of-40 passes for 246 yards and three TDs for the Fighting Irish.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    AIR FORCE 10 7 14 10 41
    NOTRE DAME 0 10 0 14 24 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - FG, RYAN HARRISON 19 YD, 6:29. AIR
    FORCE 3-0
    AIR FORCE - TD, JOHN RABOLD 19 YD FUMBLE
    RETURN (RYAN HARRISON KICK),
    14:20. AIR FORCE 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - FG, BRANDON WALKER 28 YD, 6:31

    Nov 10 6:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    SHAUN CARNEY 1 YD RUN
    (RYAN HARRISON KICK)
    AIR FORCE 41
    NOTRE DAME 24 1:55 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 6:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    ARMANDO ALLEN JR. 9 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    AIR FORCE 34
    NOTRE DAME 24 7:56 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 5:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG AIR FORCE
    RYAN HARRISON 37 YD
    AIR FORCE 34
    NOTRE DAME 17 10:07 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 5:37 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    DAVID GRIMES 21 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    AIR FORCE 31
    NOTRE DAME 17 13:31 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 5:26 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    AIR FORCE 10 7 14 31
    NOTRE DAME 0 10 0 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - FG, RYAN HARRISON 19 YD, 6:29. AIR
    FORCE 3-0
    AIR FORCE - TD, JOHN RABOLD 19 YD FUMBLE
    RETURN (RYAN HARRISON KICK),
    14:20. AIR FORCE 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - FG, BRANDON WA

    Nov 10 5:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    KEITH MADSEN 10 YD PASS FROM SHAUN CARNEY
    (RYAN HARRISON KICK)
    AIR FORCE 31
    NOTRE DAME 10 1:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 5:12 PM
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  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    SEAN QUINTANA 7 YD PASS FROM SHAUN CARNEY
    (RYAN HARRISON KICK)
    AIR FORCE 24
    NOTRE DAME 10 12:49 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 4:45 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    AIR FORCE 10 7 17
    NOTRE DAME 0 10 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - FG, RYAN HARRISON 19 YD, 6:29. AIR
    FORCE 3-0
    AIR FORCE - TD, JOHN RABOLD 19 YD FUMBLE
    RETURN (RYAN HARRISON KICK),
    14:20. AIR FORCE 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: NOTRE DAME - FG, BRANDON WALKER 28

    Nov 10 4:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    SPENCER ARMSTRONG 8 YD RUN
    (RYAN HARRISON KICK)
    AIR FORCE 17
    NOTRE DAME 10 1:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 4:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NOTRE DAME
    JOHN CARLSON 2 YD PASS FROM JIMMY CLAUSEN
    (BRANDON WALKER KICK)
    AIR FORCE 10
    NOTRE DAME 10 2:32 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 3:57 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NOTRE DAME
    BRANDON WALKER 28 YD
    AIR FORCE 10
    NOTRE DAME 3 8:29 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 3:43 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    AIR FORCE 10 10
    NOTRE DAME 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - FG, RYAN HARRISON 19 YD, 6:29. AIR
    FORCE 3-0
    AIR FORCE - TD, JOHN RABOLD 19 YD FUMBLE
    RETURN (RYAN HARRISON KICK),
    14:20. AIR FORCE 10-0

    Nov 10 3:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    JOHN RABOLD 19 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (RYAN HARRISON KICK)
    AIR FORCE 10
    NOTRE DAME 0 0:40 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 3:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG AIR FORCE
    RYAN HARRISON 19 YD
    AIR FORCE 3
    NOTRE DAME 0 8:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Air Force vs. Notre DameNov 10 2:57 PM
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