3Q: Notre Dame has some momentum

STANFORD, Calif. -- Notre Dame finally got on the board midway through the third quarter when quarterback Andrew Hendrix – who appears to have replaced Tommy Rees permanently for the second half – connected with Michael Floyd on a 6-yard scoring strike.

Heading into the locker room at the half, ESPN sideline reporter Heather Cox asked Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly if he was going to change quarterbacks at the break.

“Just trying to do anything to get some consistent play at the quarterback position,” Kelly said. “... We're not getting enough production right now.”

Looks like he’s getting the production he wanted from Hendrix – who orchestrated the 7-play, 77-yard scoring drive.

Notre Dame has been solid in the third quarter, outscoring opponents 84-13. The Irish have only allowed one offensive touchdown in the quarter this season.

The Cardinal lead 21-7.