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Notre Dame v. Stanford ’15: Shamrock Stickers

Josh Adams - Notre Dame RB vs. Stanford

Notre Dame saw its playoff hopes dashed in California as Stanford defeated the Irish 38-36.  The Irish were beaten on a field goal as time expired giving them their second loss of the season by a combined total of four points.  The difference in the game was Notre Dame’s inefficiency in the red-zone, settling for three field goals and only one touchdown in four trips inside the Cardinal 20 yard line.  The Irish defense also couldn’t come up with key stops, letting Stanford drive down the field with 30 seconds to play to win the game as well as giving ...

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#6 Notre Dame @ #9 Stanford ’15: Key Matchups

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

Notre Dame will travel to Stanford for the regular season finale that will be the biggest game of the 2015 campaign.  The Irish likely need a statement win as well as possibly some help to secure a playoff spot as many one loss teams battle for position.  Notre Dame will need to turn around a bad streak of losses in crucial road games while missing several key players.  The Irish will also need to contain one of the premier players in the country when the visit Palo Alto.  The following are the key matchups the Irish must control to emerge ...

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Boston College v. Notre Dame ’15: Shamrock Stickers

Chris Brown - Notre Dame WR vs. Boston College

It wasn’t pretty but the Irish survived and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 19-16 victory versus Boston College in the Shamrock Series game at Fenway Park.  The Irish were plagued by turnovers that kept the Eagles in the game despite the vast gap in talent.  The Notre Dame defense was able to do enough to lift the offense up and limit the points off turnovers.  The following players led the Irish to victory versus Boston College: Chris Brown With Boston College making Will Fuller a priority on defense other receivers needed to step up for DeShone Kizer, which ...

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Boston College @ #4 Notre Dame ’15: Key Matchups

Dehsone Kizer - Notre Dame QB

The Irish will travel to historic Fenway Park to battle rival Boston College in the annual Shamrock Series game.  Boston College have one of the best defenses in the country, ranking first in yards per play but also have one of the least potent offenses.  The Irish have a chance to make a statement in a primetime game with Stanford coming up the following week in a hugely important clash.  The Eagles will rise to the occasion versus Notre Dame so the Irish must be ready for a physical game that could be low-scoring.  The following are the matchups the ...

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Wake Forest @ #4 Notre Dame: Shamrock Stickers

Deshone Kizer - Notre Dame QB

In the last game at Notre Dame Stadium this season the Irish capped off an undefeated season at home with a 28-7 victory over the Demon Deacons.  A number of Notre Dame seniors played well in their last game in South Bend, keeping the team’s playoff hopes alive.  Although the Irish didn’t put on a show for the playoff committee, a three touchdown victory is nothing to complain about.  The following players led the Irish to victory on Saturday: DeShone Kizer Although it wasn’t a particularly impressive showing for the Irish offense, DeShone Kizer did what he had to do ...

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Wake Forest @ #4 Notre Dame ’15: Key Matchups

jaylon-smith-navy

Notre Dame will face Wake Forest on senior day, which means Saturday will be the last time many great Irish players play at Notre Dame Stadium.  The Irish are four touchdown favorites over the Demon Deacons and should put on a show for the crowd in South Bend.  Wake Forest is 3-6 on the season and has a lot of trouble scoring points, with their season high versus and FBS opponent being 24.  The following are the matchups the Irish need to dictate to keep their playoff hopes alive with an impressive victory: Josh Adams & Dexter Williams versus Brandon Chubb ...

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Notre Dame v. Pitt ’15: Shamrock Stickers

Dehsone Kizer - Notre Dame QB

Notre Dame moved to 8-1 on the season with a 42-30 victory over Pitt.  The Irish offense was explosive all day long with both the run and the pass and overcame C.J. Prosise leaving the game with a shoulder injury.  The Irish defense also had a strong effort, particularly in the first half when Elijah Shumate was out do to a targeting suspension.  The following players led the way for the Irish in a convincing victory: DeShone Kizer Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer had no trouble shredding the Panthers defense.  Kizer spread the ball around, with seven different receivers catching a ...

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#5 Notre Dame @ Pitt ’15: Key Matchups

Keivarae Russell - Notre Dame CB

Notre Dame will face its second road test in as many weeks when they travel to Heinz Field to take on the 6-2 Pitt Panthers. The Irish are more than a touchdown favorite over Pitt, but the teams have a history of playing close games that are decided late in the fourth quarter or overtime. Notre Dame will need to be ready for Pitt’s trademark running attack and physical defense as well as a rare noon kickoff. The following are the matchups the Irish must win to keep their playoff hopes alive: KeiVarae Russell versus Tyler Boyd Irish cornerback KeiVarae ...

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Notre Dame v. Temple ’15: Shamrock Stickers

Deshone Kizer - Notre Dame QB v. Temple

It wasn’t pretty but the Irish kept their playoff hopes alive with a 24-20 victory versus Temple. The Owls rose to the occasion in the biggest game of their program history, but Notre Dame made plays late in the game to win. The Irish struggled to run the ball at times and turned the ball over in critical red zone situations, which almost cost them the game. The following players stepped up for the Irish and led them to a hard-fought victory: DeShone Kizer Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer came up clutch to lead his team to victory. Kizer did a ...

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Notre Dame v. Temple ’15: Key Matchups

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

Notre Dame comes off its bye week to face the undefeated Temple Owls in a primetime clash on Halloween night.  The Irish are double digit favorites versus Temple; however, the Owls will be ready to play as this is the biggest games in the program’s history.  Temple head coach Matt Rhule has built a very efficient team that won’t beat itself so the Irish will need to execute and limit turnovers.  Expect the Irish to be focused as they know they need to win all of the remaining games on their schedule and look impressive doing so to have a ...

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Notre Dame v. USC ’15 – Key Matchups

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB v. UMass

Notre Dame will look to make it two victories in a row when arch-rival USC travels to South Bend.  The Trojans come to Notre Dame amidst turmoil with Steve Sarkisian being relieved of his duties as head coach.  The Trojans will need a win to prevent their season from becoming a total disaster, so the Irish can expect a strong effort from their rivals.  Notre Dame will be looking to avenge the 49-14 beating USC gave them last year in order to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.  The following are the matchups the Irish must control in order to ...

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Notre Dame v. Navy ’15: Shamrock Stickers

CJ Prosise - Notre Dame RB vs. Navy

Notre Dame bounced back from its first loss of the season with a convincing 41-24 victory over Navy on Saturday. The Irish started off slow struggling to contain Navy’s triple option, but rebounded in the second half outscoring the Midshipmen 17-3. Notre Dame turned the ball over only once while forcing three Navy turnovers, a critical improvement from last week’s Clemson game. The following players stood out for the Irish in victory: C.J. Prosise Irish running back C.J. Prosise had another solid effort versus Navy. With the offensive line stepping up its play Prosise had big holes to run through ...

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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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