January 4, 2007

No time for Irish

NEW ORLEANS - In basketball you have to shoot the ball to score points and in baseball you have to swing the bat to hit the ball.

The football analogy? You have to have the ball to score points.

Notre Dame didn't and that was one of the big reasons the Tigers were able to dominate the Irish to capture the 41-14 victory Wednesday night in the Louisiana Superdome.

After a first half that saw the Irish run an amazing 50 offensive plays, the Tigers limited Notre Dame to an amazing 20 offensive plays from scrimmage in the second half; four of which ended up being punts to LSU.

"Ball control in any game you play in is definitely a key factor in winning the game," wide receiver Early Doucet said. "For us to have the ball as much as we did, particularly in the second half and Notre Dame not having the ball, you are going to win games like that.

"I really thought the entire offense executed really well and didn't make any silly turnovers. We played with poise and ran the ball well too."

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