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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Brady Quinn threw for three touchdowns and Darius Walker ran for 162 yards and two scores to power No. 6 Notre Dame to a 41-9 win over Army on Saturday.
Quinn threw his first interception in seven games on Notre Dame's first possession, and the Irish trailed 3-0 late in the first quarter. But Notre Dame scored on its next five possessions and cruised to its eighth straight win.
The Black Knights (3-8), who haven't beaten a ranked team since 1972, have lost five straight heading into their season-finale against Navy on Dec. 2.
The victory Saturday over Army gave the Irish a three-game sweep over the service academies. The Black Knights had given the Irish scares the last two times they played, with both games decided in the final minutes. This time, the game was close for a quarter.
After gaining 67 yards en route to a 3-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal by Austin Miller, Army lost 11 yards in the second quarter and finished the game with 150 total yards.
Army scored a touchdown on the final play of the game against Notre Dame's reserves, a 12-yard pass from David Pevoto to Tim Dunn.
The interception thrown by Quinn ended a streak of 226 straight passes without an interception - the longest such streak in Division I-A this season. The record is 271 consecutive passes by Trent Dilfer at Fresno Sate in 1993. Quinn was 22-of-30 for 218 yards.
Quinn threw a 16-yard TD pass to Jeff Samardzija, who had nine catches for 87 yards, and TD passes of 8 and 24 yards to Rhema McKnight. Walker ran for TDs of 10 and 7 yards. He had another shot at a TD, but fumbled on the 1. David Grimes recovered in the end zone for the touchdown.
The 162 yards rushing gave Walker his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season, becoming just the fourth player in school history to accomplish the feat. His career-high for yards in a game is 186 yards against Stanford last season. He has 1,083 yard rushing this season.