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Record breaking Fighting Irish march on

Notre Dame make their best start to an NCAA football season in a decade.

Fans celebrate Notre Dame's 41-3 victory over Miami on Saturday.
Fans celebrate Notre Dame's 41-3 victory over Miami on Saturday.
Image: Nam Y. Huh/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER OPENING THEIR NCAA football season with a win over Navy in Dublin earlier this year, Notre Dame have continued their good form with a comprehensive 41-3 victory over Miami in Chicago on Saturday night.

The win moves the Fighting Irish to 5-0 for the first time since 2002 when they won their first eight games of the season and, like the win over Navy in the Aviva in early September, it came thanks to a strong run game and stingy defence.

Four different backs found the endzone with Cierre Wood (118) and George Atkinson III (123) combining for three touchdowns and 241 of Notre Dame’s 376 rushing yards, their most in a game since November 2000.

On defence, Notre Dame restricted Miami to just a solitary field goal and have only conceded three touchdowns through five games and none in their last three.

The number nine ranked Irish’s quest for a marquee bowl game and, perhaps even a tilt at the BCS Championship game, was also helped by losses for Florida State, LSU and Georgia, ranked three, four and five respectively coming into the weekend.

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