After a disappointing, one-point loss to 15th ranked Georgia, the cards were dealt perfectly for Notre Dame to make a statement in a bounce-back game versus the struggling Boston College Eagles. Thankfully, Notre Dame took full advantage of this opportunity and literally ran past, through and over Boston College on their way to a 49-20 victory at Boston College.
One thing I wanted to see this game was Brandon Wimbush improving in the passing game. Well, spoiler alert: he didn’t. Thankfully though, it wasn’t necessary on Saturday. Wimbush finished the day with a passing stat-line that went something like 11-24 with only 96 yards and threw an interception. So did he get better? Nope. But he and the whole Notre Dame offense made up for it on the ground.
This game looked a lot like the Temple game where the offensive line dominated and the Irish ran all over the place. As a team, the Irish rushed for 515 yards on only 51 carries. Yes, that’s right, 515 yards. Josh Adams had himself a day rushing for 229 yards on 18 carries. Wimbush added his running ability to the mix and set new single-game records in the Irish record books for quarterbacks when he rushed for 207 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Irish offense finally added Dexter Williams to the mix, way to late I may add, but even he added 50 yards on the ground on 6 carries and provided 2 touchdowns of his own. In my opinion, Dexter Williams should have played even more, but it is a step up from not playing at all against Georgia.
The offensive line came to play with that performance on the ground. They opened holes for the running backs that semi-trucks could have gone through. That is not sarcasm either. Those holes were HUGE. The only thing I have to say about that is I hope they do this against solid defenses throughout the year.
Even with this dominating offensive display, there is still an area of concern around the fact that Wimbush still isn’t very good throwing the ball. He missed throws all day long with a completion percentage under 50%, and threw a pick. This definitely has to get fixed if the Irish are going to be competitive against good run-stopping defenses. If it wasn’t for his running ability, I think we would see Ian Book start to get some time.
As I expected, the defense showed up ready to dominate. They gave up 185 yards on the ground, but in a bend-don’t-break mentality, they did not give up a rushing touchdown all day. They held the Eagles to only 215 yards passing, and Anthony Brown for BC threw the ball 40 times. That is pretty impressive. Not to mention, the Irish defense, or I should say Shaun Crawford, had 2 interceptions. To add to that, the Irish defense added 2 forced fumbles and recovered one of them. They totaled 3 takeaways, which is a good way to ensure that your team wins.
All in all, it was a great Saturday for the Irish, besides the passing game, which wasn’t really needed for this game.
The Irish have familiar foe Michigan State coming up this Saturday. Improvements will be necessary in order to beat a 2-0 Sparty team at Michigan State. The first real road test for Notre Dame will be on Saturday and will be telling for this Notre Dame team.