Here’s a look back at how I did with this week’s What to Watch – four out of five isn’t too bad.
- Armando Allen. Allen followed up his breakout performance from last week with his first career two touchdown game. Allen caught a short, check down pass from Jimmy Clausen and took it 21 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and then took a handoff three yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. For the game, Allen had 9 runs for 33 yards and 7 receptions for a career high 66 yards receiving. Based on last year’s game, I thought Allen would have a big day receiving and he didn’t let me down.
- David Grimes. Grimes had his most productive game of the season with a 7 catch, 60 yard game. I thought Weis would find to get Grimes in the end zone, but unfortunatley he didn’t. Still, Grimes had a very solid game and is proving to be a very reliable receiver on intermediate routes. He does all the small things that end up making a difference in a game and while continue to get looks over the middle with Golden Tate and Michael Floyd receiving a lot of attention.
- Jimmy Clausen. Clausen had the single best statistical game of his young career on Saturday with a career high 347 yards on 29 of 40 passing. He threw 3 touchdowns and no interceptions for a second consecutive game and is really developing into a very god quarterback. If he continues at this pace, he is going to be one of the better quarterbacks in the country by the end of the season.
- Notre Dame Pass Rush. Notre Dame had just one sack coming into this weekend, but ended up tallying five sacks against Stanford for the second consecutive year. Pat Kuntz had two of the Irish sacks with Brian Smith, Sergio Brown, and freshman Darius Fleming each being credited with 1 sack each. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come this year and the Irish will continue getting to opposing quarterbacks at much more frequent pace.
- Brandon Walker. Walker missed another two field goals on Saturday (41 and 46 yards) and is now just 1 for 7 on the season. Weis suggested on Sunday that junior Ryan Burkhart will get a chance to kick field goals this weekend when the Irish travel to North Carolina.