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Gray makes most of first start

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Jonas Gray got his first start of the season and responded by becoming the first Notre Dame running back to score three rushing touchdowns in a game since Travis Thomas in 2007. Gray, who finished with 69 yards on 12 carries, became the first player to rush for a touchdown in five straight games since Ryan Grant in 2002.

"It doesn't feel any different," Gray said when asked about replacing Cierre Wood to start the game. "I had an opportunity to set the tempo, just like Cierre would've done a good job doing. That was my main thought process, set the tempo."

Wood had 66 yards on 11 carries and scored twice. Freshman George Atkinson III got his first playing time at running back and also scored.

"He's come along so far," tackle Zack Martin said of Gray. "He's a killer downhill runner just running over guys and reading the right holes. It's fun to block for him."

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