The Notre Dame Fighting Irish avenged their 2007 home loss to the Air Force Falcons with a 59-33 victory there on Saturday afternoon. The Irish never struggled in this game, as they kept pulling away thanks to quarterback Tommy Rees. Rees was 21-of-29 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He threw three of those in the first quarter, each to a different receiver.
The Fighting Irish also had a strong rushing attack. Andrew Hendrix had just six rushes but for 111 yards. Jonas Gray averaged nearly 10 yards per carry on seven attempts and put the ball into the end zone twice. Cierre Wood found the end zone as well. Receivers Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert and Theo Riddick each had a touchdown catch and over 78 yards receiving.
While the Falcons defense had a tough game, the offense was able to move the ball up and down the field, though not into the end zone. Tim Jefferson did run and throw for a touchdown, but those were the only times the Falcons were able to put the ball into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Quarterback Connor Dietz found Drew Coleman for a 36-yard touchdown pass with 5:30 left on the clock. Kicker Parker Herrington kicked two field goals but missed his first extra point attempt.
The Falcons (3-2) return home for a Thursday game with the San Diego St. Aztecs.