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Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See in Fenway?

Notre Dame’s beat Boston College 19-16 to move to 10-1, before heading to Palo Alto for the titanic season finale against Stanford. The green-clad Irish offense punched holes in the vaunted and top-ranked Boston college offense for 447_yards, but wasted ...
Notre Dame - Boston College Rivalry

Notre Dame – Boston College Rivalry: The Holy War

Though natural rivals as the two most prominent Catholic colleges playing Big Time Football,  it took quite a while for the Boston College-Notre Dame series to take root. Part of the reason may have been that Boston College felt that ...
Romeo Okwara - Notre Dame DE

Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See Against Wake Forest?

A somnambulant, diffident Notre Dame team did just enough to beat young, eager Wake Forest 28-7, to move to 9-1. The win completed the second unbeaten home slate under Kelly, with the other in 2012. That feat had not been ...
Torii Hunter - Notre Dame WR

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

Notre Dame, with the usual and perplexing ebbs and flows, moved to 8-1 with a 42-30 win over the Pitt Panthers. The Irish start was as easy as 1-2-3. Prosise around left end Prosise up the middle Flag pattern to ...

Notre Dame – Pitt Football Rivalry History

Pitt first appeared on Notre Dame’s schedule in 1909. The rivalry was a natural. Relative proximity. Same independent status. Further, as Western Pennsylvania became settled with immigrants destined to work in coal mines and steel mills, many of the workers ...

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

Notre Dame fashioned another thrilling fourth quarter rally to defeat pesky, resilient, tenacious Temple 24-20. Temple played up to Notre Dame’s level rather than Notre Dame playing down to Temple’s. Temple played as if: They had confidence from already beating ...
Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB v. USC

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

Somewhere, Rock and Howard Jones smiled.  This is what an epic, rivalry game look like.  Legacy fulfilled. Offense, Defense, Special Teams, thrills, agony, expected stars and surprise heroes. Football games are compartmentalized into four clock quarters.  This one had four ...
Oct 8, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the Southern California Trojans logo midfield before the NCAA football game against the Washington Huskies at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC – Notre Dame Football Rivalry History

College football’s longest, richest and most influential intersectional rivalry is nearing 90 years of excellence in intersectional football.
Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

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

After the second consecutive slow start, Notre Dame exercised functional control over Navy and completed discharge of its moral imperative, defeating Navy 41-24. The win over Notre Dame’s longest continuous and only perpetual rival moved the Irish to 5-1. It ...
Notre Dame - Navy Football Rivalry

Notre Dame Navy Football Rivalry History

The rivalry between Notre Dame and Navy goes far beyond the football field. Learn all about the unique nature of this historic rivalry.

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

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 ...
Sheldon Day - Notre Dame DT

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

Leveraging a dominating offensive line with a bewildering array of skilled players Notre Dame disposed of a pesky band of Minutemen, 62-27. Notre Dame moved to 4-0 with a 5 game winning streak intact.
Sep 19, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Patrick Skov (7) is tackled by Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) and linebacker Greer Martini (48) in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Duranko’s Digest: What did we see against Georgia Tech?

Deshone Kizer was big enough for the moment.
Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; The sun sets over the Atlanta skyline as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets watch their team play in the first quarter of their game against the Alcorn State Braves at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame – Georgia Tech Football Rivalry

When unbeaten Notre Dame entertains unbeaten Georgia Tech on September 19th it will mark the first ACC version of a short, but intriguing, football series.
Sep 12, 2015; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish sing the school alma mater after their game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium. The Fighting Irish won 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

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