(Saturday, October 25th)
Final Score: Notre Dame 33, Washington 7
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - James Aldridge ran for a game-high 84 yards and scored twice as he helped lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a resounding 33-7 win over the Washington Huskies and former head coach Ty Willingham in non-conference action at Husky Stadium.
Aldridge carried the ball 13 times for the Irish (5-2) as they won for the third time in the last four outings. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen converted 14- of-26 passing for 201 yards and a score as well for the visitors.
The Huskies (0-7), who are tied with North Texas for the nation's longest losing streak at nine games, were paced by Ronnie Fouch who hit on 11-of-25 passing for 98 yards and a score, but he was also sacked four times.
Notre Dame ran off 33 unanswered points to begin the contest, starting with a 51-yard TD pass from Clausen to Michael Floyd less than two and a half minutes into the opening period. Floyd finished the contest with four catches for 107 yards.
Golden Tate added a 21-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, followed by a 28-yard field goal by Brandon Walker, giving the visitors a commanding 17-0 edge at the break.
Walker added a 42-yard field goal in the third, while Aldridge made his way into the end zone on a four-yard run in the frame and then a three-yard run in the fourth, with a failed PAT following his second TD.
With a mere 2:56 remaining in the final period, D'Andre Goodwin tallied the lone score for Washington on a six-yard reception, leaving the Huskies with an ugly 26-point loss.
Washington, which didn't make it into Notre Dame territory until late in the fourth quarter, registered a mere 26 yards rushing on 23 attempts and 124 yards of total offense on 48 plays.
"Until that last drive when they scored, (Washington) didn't even cross midfield and that's a heck of a performance," noted Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weiss. "(The defense) put a lot of heat on the quarterback and pretty well shut down the run game. That's as good a defense as we have played in quite some time."
By comparison, Notre Dame rolled up 459 yards of offense, averaging six yards per snap as it controlled the ball for more than 37 minutes.
"Looking back at this ball game this evening, it was a game that we seemed to be able to do very few things right," was the only way coach Willingham could categorize his team's efforts. "Obviously our offensive productivity was not very good, but at the same time, I thought our defense did some things for portions of the ball game to kind of give us a chance."
10/26 01:10:08 ET