No. 3 Notre Dame stays perfect, beats Wake 38-0

No. 3 Notre Dame stays perfect, beats Wake 38-0

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SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17: John Goodman #81 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches a touchdown pass next to Merrill Noel #7 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 18 at 9:31 AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and third-ranked Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep alive its national championship hopes.  

 
The Fighting Irish improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1989 and need to beat Southern California to finish a regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a national championship. The Demon Deacons (5-6) fell to 1-33 all-time against top 5 teams, their lone win coming against No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.  
 
The victory virtually assures the Irish of a berth in a BCS game. The Irish need to beat USC and likely need either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Kansas State to lose to qualify for the BCS title game. 
 

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