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Notre Dame v. Navy ’15: Key Matchups

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

Notre Dame will look to rebound from its first loss of the season when the Navy Midshipmen travel to South Bend this Saturday. The Irish will need to be ready for Navy’s triple option offense, which they run with excellent efficiency. Notre Dame did an excellent job defending the triple option earlier this season defeating Georgia Tech and could put an end to questions about their ability to defend it with another strong performance this weekend. Despite the talent discrepancy Navy will certainly give the Irish a battle as they always play a full 60 minutes. The following matchups are ...

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Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See vs. Clemson

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For Clemson it was a Perfect Storm. It had been 38 years since a Notre Dame football team last visited Clemson, 17 days since the Tigers took the field against Louisville. 17 nearly pristine plays by Clemson, aided and abetted by bewildered Irish misfeasance (Special Teams), malfeasance (Defense) and nonfeasance (Offense) helped Clemson fashion a 14-0 lead with a mere 6:17 having elapsed. The Fighting Irish fought back gamely and ended a mere yard away from a two point conversion that would have sent the game into overtime. It was short and so were the Irish. Clemson 24-Notre Dame 22. ...

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Notre Dame v. Clemson – Shamrock Stickers

Deshone Kizer - Notre Dame QB v. Clemson

  Notre Dame saw its dreams of an undefeated season fall apart in Death Valley on Saturday night, falling to Clemson 24-22. The Irish turned the ball over four times, had many costly dropped passes and were handicapped by perplexing play-calling, which combined to cost them the game. The Irish offensive line was also exposed as they could not open up holes for C.J. Prosise until late in the second half. Brian Kelly and the coaching staff also failed to make adjustments offensively, rarely passing on first down to create space despite consistently being stuffed on first down runs. The ...

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Notre Dame v. Clemson Highlights


Notre Dame’s furious 4th quarter comeback fell just short last night as the Irish fell to the Clemson Wildcats 24-22 in Death Valley to suffer their first loss of the season. The Irish turned the ball over 4 times and dropped numerous passes throughout the game but came up just a two point conversion short of sending the game into over time. We will have plenty on this game and what it means for the Irish, but for now, here are the highlights from WatchND.

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Notre Dame’s Early Schedule Casts Doubt

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB

College football schedules are an inexact science to the least.  On paper, Notre Dame’s September schedule looked like a gauntlet when it was originally put together.  Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and UMass all before the calendar reads October?  Who in the name of Kevin White put together such a difficult first month of the season? Funny thing is though, by the time these games all game around, the Irish ended up waking up when September ended with a perfect record without facing a single team that escaped the month with fewer than two losses.   Even Georgia Tech, a game circled ...

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Verdict Comes in Saturday for Notre Dame

2015 Notre Dame Defense

There has been a mountain of evidence that shows Notre Dame is a worthy College Football Playoff contender through four games; three routes, one nail-biter on the road with the back-up quarterback, and astounding offensive numbers. But, the evidence is just that, evidence, and a final verdict comes in Saturday in Death Valley against the 12th ranked Clemson Tigers. It will be the first road start for quarterback DeShone Kizer, who of course is filling in injured starter Malik Zaire, and Death Valley isn’t exactly the most accommodating of places. Of course, crowd noise never intercepted a pass, as Florida ...

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Notre Dame Persevering Despite Mounting Injuries

Deshone Kizer & Will Fuller

Enduring optimism is a great attribute for one to possess in their arsenal against the inevitable crusade against the realities of life, and Irish fans have probably needed to call upon it more than most, at least over the last two years. From a seemingly epidemic of injuries to a collection of suspensions, very few teams have had to live by the mantra “Next Man In” more than the Fighting Irish football program. So here we are, heading into the weekend and facing the #12 ranked Clemson Tigers, in South Carolina, and on ABC as the Saturday night game of ...

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