Irish fall again---Full Post-Game Coverage

After two games, Notre Dame has negative 8 yards rushing----for the season. That's the worst yardage of any team in the country.

After two games, the Irish have yet to score an offensive touchdown and have just 16 points overall.

After two games, the Irish do not have a win, losing at Penn State 31-10 Saturday night.

It's just the 2nd time in 20 years Notre Dame has started a season 0-2. The last time was 2001, when they began the season 0-3.

Perhaps the only positive was the play of freshman Jimmy Clausen in his first career start.

Clausen's numbers weren't eye-popping----17 of 32 for 144 yards, 0 touchdowns and one interception.

"I'm not doing cartwheels," Weis said about Clausen. "But I can't say I'm displeased either. I think he wasn't the problem."

The problems came in helping Clausen out. There was the lack of running game and the lack of protection from the offensive line.

Clausen was sacked 6 times. That brings the total for the Irish QBs to 15 in two games.

Notre Dame scored its first touchdown of the season in the 1st quarter when Darrin Walls intercepted an Anthony Morelli pass and returned it 73 yards to the endzone. That gave the Irish a 7-0 win.

Penn State would tie the score with a minute left in the 1st quarter when Derrick Williams returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown.

The Nittany Lions took the lead on Morelli's only TD pass of the night, a 10-yarder to Jordan Norwood.

That gave Penn State a 14-7 lead at the half.

Another big PSU return, this one on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, setup a Penn State field goal to make it 17-7.

The Irish got a big punt return of its own in the 3rd, when captain Tom Zbikowski took one inside the Penn State 5.

But Notre Dame failed to scored a touchdown and settled for a field goal to make it 17-10.

Penn State's running game took over from there. Austin Scott rushed for two second half touchdowns and 118 yards total for the game to give Penn State a 31-10 lead.

Notre Dame had a chance in the 4th quarter to score again when Clausen led the Irish inside the Penn State 10. But on a 4th and goal, Clausen had his pass tipped and intercepted.

Click on the video links above for full game coverage and be sure to watch Newscenter 16 Sunday morning for another report from Jeff Jeffers.


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