Shamrock Stickers: Wake Forest ’12

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Cierre Wood (20) runs the ball as Wake Forest Demon Deacons defensive end Hassan Hazime (96) attempts to tackle in the second quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame sent this year’s group of seniors off in style with a 38-0 win over Wake Forest. The Irish jumped on the Demon Deacons from kickoff and didn’t let up until the game was in hand. After a game in which they executed beautifully the Irish are the new number one team in the nation after both Kansas State and Oregon lost Saturday. The following players led the Irish to victory on senior day in this week’s edition of Shamrock Stickers:

Everett Golson

On a day where Notre Dame greats Tyler Eifert and Manti Te’o played their final game at Notre Dame Stadium redshirt freshman Everett Golson showed fans the future is bright. Golson picked the Wake Forest defense apart with ease, going 20-30 for 346 and three touchdowns. Golson looked sharp on timing routes and took advantage of mismatches, finding Tyler Eifert and T.J. Jones six times each.

Cierre Wood

It is unknown if Cierre Wood will be back at Notre Dame next year, but if he isn’t he put on a show in his final game at Notre Dame Stadium. Wood rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. The senior set the tone with the longest run of the season for the Irish when he took an option pitch from Golson 68 yards to the end zone. Wood seemed to gash the Wake Forest defense every time he touched the ball en route to the Irish win.

Carlo Calabrese

Another senior with eligibility remaining who had a big game versus the Demon Deacons is linebacker Carlo Calabrese. Calabrese led the Irish with seven tackles and also established the defence’s dominance when he landed a crushing hit on Wake Forest running back Josh Harris on their opening drive forcing Harris to fumble. The Irish offense would score on the ensuing drive and never look back.

Louis Nix

Notre Dame’s big man in the middle of the defense Louis Nix played another brilliant game for the Irish. Nix also recorded seven tackles as well as a pass breakup and was all over the field wreaking havoc for the Irish. Nix took advantage of a makeshift Wake Forest offensive line along with the rest of the Irish front seven, holding the Demon Deacons to only 55 yards rushing.