Notre Dame 27, St. Genevieve 3--Notre Dame's defense converted two blocked punts into 13 points and the Knights went on to post an easy nonleague victory at Birmingham.
Notre Dame (2-1) took a 21-3 halftime lead when linebacker Kevin Houston blocked Alfonso Gutierrez's punt in the end zone and Brian Greenfield fell on the loose ball with 1:46 left in the second quarter.
Quarterback Morgan Shepherd, who completed 9 of 19 passes for 135 yards, opened the scoring by hitting running back Jere Deranja with a 20-yard scoring pass that capped a six-play, 55-yard drive.
After Gutierrez gave St. Genevieve (2-1) its only points with a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter, Notre Dame's defense again came up with a big play. Valiant quarterback Dion Contreras fumbled on the St. Genevieve 18-yard line and Houston recovered. Three plays later, Deranja scored on a two-yard plunge.