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A powerful Stanford team defeated the Irish 27-20, concluding the Irish season at 8-4. The fulcrum of the game was Stanford’s outrushing the Irish 261-65. Out there among the eucalyptus trees in Google’s manger, Stanford is know for producing great software. But there was nothing soft that would wear down the gallant Irish stop troops. The Anvil [...]
The Fighting Irish played their most balanced game of the year on Senior Day, winning 23-13. The Irish scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, and after allowing BYU’s only touchdown on the first Cougar drive, settled in. The Irish defense controlled the inside and off tackle running of Jamaal Williams. He averages 116 yards per game, [...]
With the bye week blues in full swing, today we bring you a look at the historical evolution of the ACC conference and how Notre Dame’s schedule will look moving forward with their new commitment to playing 5 ACC teams a year kicking in next season. THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE ACC The Atlantic Coast [...]
Five HUGE mistakes, each self-inflicted, compounded to help Notre Dame lose to a game, gritty Pitt Panther squad 28-21. The Irish offense is not yet eploxsive enough to overcome multiple errors, and, in Heinz Field, for the third time this season, the “chickens came home to roost.” The 2012 Irish did not beat themselves, but this team has. [...]
Notre Dame survived a defensive performance dreadful in design and, at best, mediocre in execution using a dramatic late stop to outpoint Navy 38-34. The previous week against the Air Force Academy, it took the Irish defense 20 minutes to adjust to the the Falcon offense before seizing control. But on Saturday the Irish never deciphered [...]
Up there in the wild blue yonder, where the air is crisp yet fragrant with alpine firs, Tommy Rees and his sure-handed wingmen went Enola Gay on the Air force Academy, bombing the Falcons by a 45-10 final score.
FIGHTING IRISH. That’s what we saw. And that is an empirical, technical description, not a mere nickname or wish.
Here we will attempt to evaluate the state of the Notre Dame Football Program in mid-October 2013 as if it were a private enterprise or business.
In an unconventional game with unconventional twists and turns, the Irish eked out a nerve-wracking 34-30 victory over Arizona State’s Sun Devils, in Notre Dame’s third consecutive outing against a ranked opponent. The Irish moved to a nervous 4-2 record, and looked longingly toward a much needed Saturday without a game. Leading up to the [...]
In the year’s worst performance, the chickens came home to roost as five critical Irish errors enabled a 35-21 Oklahoma victory. Since the bowl game against FSU, the Notre Dame program and team had honored the first rule of winning college football games: DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF. While the Irish had not been perfect, they had [...]
True Grit. Rooster Cogburn would have loved this game. A gritty bunch of players led by a gritty coach with a gritty game plane beat a gritty band of Spartans for the second straight win and tenth consecutive home victory. Starting a four game run of high quality opponents, the Irish methodically handled business and [...]
The Irish began the game with a 24 minute nap. At the nine minute mark of the 2d quarter, “mighty” Purdue had a 10-0 lead and had out-gained the Irish 144 yards to 58 yards. In the final 36 minutes the Irish outgained the Boilers 342-150 and outscored Purdue 31-10. While we cannot gainsay the start [...]
We saw a frustrating end to a 13 game regular season winning streak, as the Irish fell 41-30. During that streak we had grown comfortable relying on a defense which was always stout and had yielded as much as 20 points in regulation only to Pitt. Otherwise the defense shouldered the burden and asked only enough [...]
The Notre Dame 2013 team came roaring out of the tunnel and in the first five minutes of the game were as breathtaking and elegant as Alex Flanagan, jumping to a 14-0 lead over the Temple Owls.
1965 had ended not with a bang, but a whimper. In November, Michigan State had come into South Bend and held the Irish to -12 yards on the ground, just 24 yards passing for a TOTAL OFFENSE OF JUST 12 YARDS as the Spartans controlled the game for a 12-3 win.