- Clausen’s passes looked much better today than it has all season. He had a zip on the ball that wasn’t there early in the season. I also thought he made some very good decisions out there and while he was far from perfect, he looked better than he did in any previous start.
- If the ND wide receivers wouldn’t have dropped about 30 balls, Clausen probably would have had about a 60-65% completion percentage with close to 300 yards.
- All things considered, I saw enough out of Clausen today to at least be optimistic about his immediate future.
- Please give the ball to #5 more and work him into the passing game. Running backs can be used in the passing game on plays other than screens. A novel idea I know, but it can be done. Weis should dial up his buddy Andy Reid this spring and talk to him about how he uses Brian Westrbook in the passing game and then Allen exactly the same way next year.
- Where has Golden Tate been? From where I was sitting, it looked like Tate didn’t have a single play called for him until the 4th down with roughly 30 seconds remaining. There wasn’t a single defender on the Air Force defense who could keep up with Tate’s speed and for some reason; he didn’t see any balls thrown his way till the game was over.
- Why are James Aldridge and Asaph Schwapp in a two back set on 3rd and long?
- Dropped passes. Yikes! Parris, Carlson, and Grimes all dropped passes at key moments. Outside of the Purdue and Boston College games, Parris has been very inconsistent catching the ball and that continued.
- Every time I see Junior Jabbie in the game, I see a running back who runs tough and plays hard. I wish we would have seen more of him this year actually.
- I really don’t know what the say about the offensive line anymore. There’s just no reason for this o-line to be manhandled by a defense front like Air Forces. There is something wrong here and I’m not going to profess that I know what it is, but something has to be done here because this offense won’t move the ball with any consistency until the line is fixed.
- There really isn’t a whole lot of good that comes out of getting the ball in Schwapp’s hands and that was pretty clear again this weekend. I don’t care how much the guy can bench press, I’d rather he be able to block and hold onto the football.
- Would have loved to see Luke Schmidt get some touches to see what he could do.
- Clausen’s touchdown pass to Grimes really was a perfect pass. Great touch, perfect placement – it just doesn’t get any better than that.
- Why didn’t we keep pounding the ball up the middle when it was working and why were we running draw plays on 3rd and short?
- 58 yards rushing against Air Force. Awesome.
- 6 sacks allowed against Air Force. Even more Awesome.
- Don’t understand the use of the play action on 4th and long or on the final drive when we were down 17, but hey, it looks cool I guess.
- Trevor Laws is simply awesome. 16 tackles in a game from a defensive lineman??? That just doesn’t happen very often. Laws now has 97 on the season.
- Ian Williams played a bunch again and looked good again.
- The outside backers looked lost trying to defend the option. If Kerry Neal isn’t start over John Ryan next weekend, I’ll be surprised.
- Air Force really had their way with the defense. When they wanted to run to the edges they did. When they wanted to run it up the middle, they did. When they wanted to pass, they did.
- There’s some talent on this defense, but right now they just aren’t playing as one unit and most of the emotion being shown is coming from the younger guys.
- I think Corwin Brown is going to be a great defensive coordinator for Notre Dame, but his inexperience has shown these past two weeks in defending the option.
- It looked like McNeil was seeing more action this week – he should continue to get more playing time since he will be a big contributor and possible starter next year.
- Do we practice special teams? Kick coverage was really poor again. After cutting the lead to 14 in the 4th quarter, we gave up a huge return to Chad Hall and gave all of the momentum right back to Air Force.
- Maust looked decent punting. He wasn’t spectacular, but he was pretty solid.
- If Weis does not focus on special teams this spring and summer I’m going to be very, very disappointed.
- It was nice to see the student section showing their support…. Oh wait, there were a ton of empty seats in the student section. Nevermind.
- Jimmy Clausen gets hit out of bounds and no one on the Notre Dame sideline gets in the face of the Air Force defender who did it. Again, there’s just something wrong with that. I’m certainly not advocating any sort of retaliation, but how about a little bit of a showing of support for your quarterback?
- Campus was DEAD this weekend.
- We bought 50 yard line tickets for face value from the ticket office two hours before kick-off. Granted we could have probably got worse seats for $10-15, but who the hell would have thought you’d ever be able to get 50 yard line seats in the lower bowl two hours before kickoff from the ticket office at this time two years ago?
- It’s really getting tough to watch and it’s getting even tougher to stay remotely positive, but even despite the loss, a Saturday in South Bend sitting in Notre Dame Stadium still beats the hell out of doing almost anything else.