Notre Dame fans at the Camping World Bowl

Notre Dame fans cheer during the the 33-9 victory over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.

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Quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees didn't have to wait long to call his first play against Iowa State. The Irish won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

Then Notre Dame's first drive ended in just three plays. But safety Alohi Gilman wanted the offense to have another crack at scoring, so he stripped punt returner Tarique Milton and wide receiver Chase Claypool recovered the fumble. The Irish turned the turnover into a field goal.

Following another Iowa State turnover, a fumble by quarterback Brock Purdy forced and recovered by Notre Dame rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, the Irish built a 10-0 lead. Quarterback Ian Book connected with wide receiver Chase Claypool for a 24-yard touchdown on third-and-12.

So much for not being focused. Notre Dame led 10-0 less than 12 minutes into the game.


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Iowa State started to move the ball in the second quarter without turning it over, but Notre Dame denied its touchdown efforts. The Cyclones settled for a pair of field goals. Meanwhile, Notre Dame added 10 more points with a 51-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer and a one-yard touchdown run by Jafar Armstrong. The Irish led 20-6 at halftime.

Running back Tony Jones Jr. essentially put the game away early in the third quarter with an 84-yard touchdown run. Jones broke free down the left sideline and stiff-armed the only defender to catch up to him.

Notre Dame led 30-9 at the end of the third quarter after trading field goals with Iowa State in the final five minutes.

Notre Dame shut down Iowa State's attempt to narrow the margin when Owusu-Koramoah sacked Purdy on fourth-and-1. Doerer added his fourth field goal on the ensuing drive to end the scoring in a 33-9 victory for the Irish.

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