Notre Dame overcame a season-high five turnovers to remain undefeated with a 31-15 victory over Syracuse. The Irish were sloppy with the football, which they will need to clean up immediately with Stanford on the horizon, but the team responded well remaining in control throughout despite the turnovers. Brian Kelly and his staff came up with an excellent game plan utilizing screens and passes to the flats to breakdown Syracuse’s blitz and open up the field, which resulted in a record setting 25 straight completions by Everett Golson. The following players stood out in the Irish victory:
Will Fuller: Sophomore Will Fuller continues to fill the void left by DaVaris Daniels in the pass game. The Pennsylvania native did an excellent job of blocking on the edge, which was critical to the execution of the Irish game plan. Fuller also continued to show his abilities as a deep threat catching a 72 yard touchdown pass. Fuller tallied six receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Corey Robinson: The son of the admiral played a very strong game versus the Orange and showed his versatility. Robinson showed he can be just as effective on bubble screens as he is utilizing his size in one on one matchups both deep downfield and in the red zone. The Texas native had a team-high eight receptions totalling 91 yards and a touchdown.
Jaylon Smith: Standout linebacker Jaylon Smith performed as usual in the victory over Syracuse. Smith did an excellent job of containing Terrel Hunt and making him a pocket passer. The defense also stood up well after the frequent turnovers by the Irish offense, which Smith was a big part of as he recorded a team-high nine tackles.
Matthias Farley: Defensive Back Matthias Farley played yet another solid game in what has been a bounce back year for him. Farley has moved around playing a variety of roles in the secondary but has consistently made plays in crucial situations. The North Carolina native intercepted Terrel Hunt on the Orange’s first drive of the second half when Syracuse were in Irish territory while the game was still very much up for grabs. Farley also recorded five tackles in the victory.