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Notre Dame defense dropping anchor on Vanderbilt offense

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Notre Dame scored on their first two possessions of the game for a 10-0 lead and the Irish have tacked on a could of field goals since to take a 16-3 lead on Vanderbilt into the locker rooms at halftime in South Bend, Indiana.

Brandon Wimbush has rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown while having a less-than-stellar day throwing the football against the Commodores. Kicker Justin Yoon has converted all three of his field goal attempts in the game so far.

The defense has been the story of the half for both teams, but the Irish have been having a bit more success as the score would indicate. Vanderbilt has also been hurt by costly penalties and an inability to get a running game going. Vanderbilt was forced to punt on each of their first four punts.

If you need visual evidence of just how difficult it has been for Vanderbilt, take a look at this play that went down in the second quarter. The best scoring opportunity fo the half for the Commodores exploded when Kyle Shurmur completed a pass to Randall Haynie down to the one or two-yard line, but the ball was stripped loose by Alohi Gilman and flew straight up into the air, and a mad scramble for the football resulted in a touchback for the Irish. Julian Love recovered the football at the back of the end zone for Notre Dame.

Down 16-0 without any offense is making for a tricky second half ahead for Vanderbilt on the road. But Notre Dame isn’t exactly putting this one out of reach with their offense. A couple of scoring drives after halftime, if they can find them, would put Vanderbilt right back in this one.

Notre Dame adds former Navy safety Alohi Gilman via transfer

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Former Navy safety Alohi Gilman is transferring to one of Navy’s top rivals. On Friday, Notre Dame announced the addition of Gilman to the football program via transfer.

“I’m extremely grateful to be a part of the Notre Dame family,” Gilman said in a released statement. “I’m thankful to the coaching staff and the man above for not only believing in me, but also providing this opportunity. I’m excited for this next chapter in my journey.”

Gilman started 12 games for Navy last season and played in all 14 games. He also played three different positions for the Midshipmen, which suggests he could even bring some flexibility to the Notre Dame defense should the need arise at linebacker or cornerback.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Gilman will be required to sit out the 2017 season and will be eligible again for the 2018 season. Gilman will have three years of eligibility to use at Notre Dame.