Notre Dame kept its undefeated season alive with a 50-43 victory over North Carolina. The Irish once again turned the ball over leading to a much closer outcome than it should have been. Everett Golson in particular will need to clean up his game for the Irish to have any chance next week versus Florida State. The Notre Dame defense also struggled a great deal with North Carolina’s tempo, which resulted in over 500 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels. The following players led the way for the Irish in the victory:
Tarean Folston: Running back Tarean Folston had his best game of the season in the victory over the Tar Heels. Folston contributed both on the ground and catching the ball out of the backfield. The Florida native looked excellent in the screen game helping Golson get easy completions. Folston also blocked well on speed sweeps the Irish ran to C.J Prosise and Amir Carlisle. Folston tallied 98 yards rushing and 71 receiving as well as three touchdowns.
Will Fuller: Sophomore Will Fuller bounced back in a big way after a quiet game versus Stanford. Fuller showcased his great speed and excellent vision in the open field doing damage to North Carolina on deep patterns as well as on screen passes. Fuller had a game-high seven receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns and also drew multiple pass interference penalties.
Jarron Jones: Irish defensive tackle Jarron Jones had a strong game versus the Tar Heels. Jones was difficult for North Carolina’s offensive line to handle and was a catalyst for the Irish when it came to shutting down Elijah Hood. Jones totalled five tackles and two quarterback hurries while also blocking an extra point for the Irish.
Cole Luke: Cornerback Cole Luke had another solid game for the Irish. The Arizona native had a crucial interception for the Irish when the game was still very much in doubt and North Carolina driving. Luke also spent some time as the Irish’s number one corner when Cody Riggs was recovering from a leg injury. Luke also had four tackles and a pass breakup in the win.