— Notre Dame running backs Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood combined for more than 230 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Fighting Irish jumped on Maryland early and cruised to an easy 45-21 victory Saturday night.
Touchdown runs by Gray and Wood, and a 19-yard touchdown reception by Michael Floyd boosted the Irish to leads of 10-0 after the first quarter and 24-7 at halftime. Gray had 21 carries for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Wood finished with 18 rushes for 99 yards and a score.
Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was equally effective, completing 29-of-36 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Floyd finished with 8 catches for 86 yards and a score. Also, Lo Wood picked off a Maryland pass and returned it 57 yards for a score.
For the Terrapins, Quintin McCree scored on a 13-yard pass from Danny O'Brien in the second quarter, while C.J. Brown had a 24-yard touchdown run and D.J. Adams a 2-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame was 10-for-16 on third down, and was in control throughout the game to move to 7-3 overall. The Irish have won seven of their last eight games after an 0-2 start.