Anderson finds a positive

Army middle linebacker Stephen Anderson admitted Notre Dame was just the better team Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Irish were physical on both sides of the ball in a dominating 27-3 win.

But the score could have been lopsided. Army’s defense allowed just a field goal in the second half, which was set up by an Irish interception. Notre Dame returned a pick for a touchdown one minute into the second half.

“I’m proud as (heck) of our defense,” said Anderson, who led Army with 10 tackles, 1.5 for a loss and tipped a pass, which was intercepted by Donovan Travis. “We did not let the scoreboard effect us, which we have let it happen in the past. That’s something to build off of. It’s let us know when we make a decision and we say, ‘enough is enough’, we don’t break anymore.”

“In the second half, we kept saying, ‘let me make a play from you Donovan, let me make a play for you Josh (McNary). We were just having fun. That’s when we play our best football. That’s something we have to keep doing. Even when bad things happened, we had guys all over the field saying, ‘It’s OK. Forget it.’ ”

To be fair, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly eased up on Army in the second half. The Irish attempted just seven passes in the second half.

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