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Duranko’s Digest: Awards Edition

What did we see in the Coliseum? Deliverance, redemption, sanctuary! Establishing functional control from the game’s opening drive, the Irish drove 66 yards in 9 plays for a 3-0 lead. The Irish never trailed against the Cardinal & Gold.  The ...

Duranko’s Digest – What We Saw Against Wake

At last! Exerting total domination from the opening whistle, the Irish efficiently built a 31-0 halftime lead enroute to the 38-0 final tally against Wake Forest. The maturing offense, a far worthier and more cohesive unit since the September off week, was cold-blooded ...

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Boston College?

While we had cognitive dissonance over Alabama’s loss to A&M, and while dreaming dreams and seeing visions of BCS glory,  we saw an excellent, big swift, skilled Notre Dame team, comfortable outside of South Bend, dominate BC with cold efficiency ...

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Pitt?

  We saw a gritty Notre Dame that is better at winning games than looking pretty. We saw an Irish team that plays better outside of Indiana (Navy, Michigan State, Miami, Oklahoma) than it does where the St. Joe River ...

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Oklahoma?

In a magnificent performance against the best football team on its regular season schedule, the Irish moved to a glistening 8-0. As if heeding the call of Jim Morrison, the Irish did, indeed, “Break on through to the other side” ...

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against BYU?

The Fighting Irish moved to 7-0 by defeating two opponents.  The first was a game Cougars team, going all out for a signature win.  The second, more daunting opponent was the physical and mental hangover from the OT win against ...

Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See Against Stanford?

A wet, ugly duckling of a game, a pigskin Elephant Man, initially repulsive, grotesque and difficult to look at. Then it revealed itself: noble, virtuous, elegant, classically beautiful. The Irish offense overcame career worst efforts from Golic, Golson and Niklas, ...

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see in Soldier Field?

Beside the ghosts of Dick Butkus, Sweetness Payton and Dave Duerson, still a Notre Dame man! Blending a seemingly improved offense with the front seven led defense, the Irish first shut off Miami’s recently successful offense, then added scores regularly, ...

Duranko’s Digest: State of the Irish

With four games behind us, it’s time for a more strategic view with the first trimester of the season complete. Assume this is an “offsite” meeting for some company you worked for.  We’ll cover five topics, some mundane, some relevant, ...

Duranko’s Digest: What We Saw Against Michigan

The Irish moved into the week off with a 4-0 record after dispatching Michigan on a memorable Saturday night in South Bend. In the last two weeks Notre Dame has beaten a winning New Year’s Day Bowl team (MSU won ...

Duranko’s Digest: What We Saw in East Lansing?

Spearheaded by a brutal, dominating defense, augmented by an opportunistic offense, Notre Dame moved to 3-0 against gritty Michigan State. The Irish, moving up in class, were able to handle business against those sturdy Spartans.  In any emotional game, the ...

Duranko’s Digest: Purdue v. Notre Dame

What did we see on Saturday. A rock-ribbed defense and a heroic late game relief stint delivered by Tommy Rees led the Irish to a nerve-wracking win over gritty Purdue on a weird and frustrating afternoon in South Bend.  While ...

Duranko’s Digest: What We Learned Dublin

The Fighting Irish put on a powerful, dominating, athletic display against the Naval Academy in Dublin. The Notre Dame offense was able to use the fulcrum of overpowering the Navy defensive front to open up all options in the offense, ...
Tim Brown - Notre Dame Great Receiver

Tim Brown

Notre Dame was in a 24 year Heisman drought, its longest since the award was established in 1935. Then Tim Brown ended the drought when he won his Heisman in 1987. Notre Dame’s first 6 winners were Caucasians. Four had ...

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