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Champs Sports Bowl 2011: Notre Dame Takes Early 7-0 Lead

The Champs Sports Bowl between Notre Dame and Florida is off to a frantic start at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

The Fighting Irish forced a stop on the Seminoles' first drive of the game off of the opening kickoff, then got a 41-yard punt return from Michael Floyd into Florida State territory. An interception by Notre Dame's Tommy Rees, however, ended a promising Irish drive that had advanced to the Seminoles' 4-yardline.

When Florida State got the ball back, however, Devonta Freeman fumbled and Notre Dame's Zeke Motta picked it up and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. The score put the Irish up by a score of 7-0 with 9:21 remaining in the first quarter.

For more on the Seminoles, please visit Tomahawk Nation, SB Nation's FSU blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation Indiana and One Foot Down, SB Nation's Notre Dame blog.

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