Rees leads Notre Dame past Wake Forest 24-17

By Joedy Mccreary

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 5 2011 9:30 p.m. MDT

Wake Forest's Brandon Pendergrass, left, runs in for a touchdown past Notre Dame's Harrison Smith, right, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

Chuck Burton, Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tommy Rees threw two touchdown passes and Notre Dame shut out Wake Forest in the second half of its 24-17 victory on Saturday night.

Rees was 14 of 23 for 166 yards with scoring passes of 38 yards to Tyler Eifert and 16 yards to Michael Floyd. Jonas Gray added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Irish (6-3).

They outgained the Demon Deacons 341-297, scored on their first two possessions of the second half and held on to win their second straight.

Tanner Price was 17 of 24 for 187 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pendergrass. Josh Harris added a 2-yard touchdown run for Wake Forest (5-4), which led 17-10 at halftime but has lost three of four.

Twice in the second half, the Demon Deacons had the ball at the Notre Dame 10 while down by a touchdown — and they came away with no points.

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