Notre Dame put forth another embarrassing effort in a loss to 17 point underdog Northwestern. The Irish have now lost back to back games and have a litany of problems from turnovers to a defense that can’t get stops. Brian Kelly also coached an atrocious game from benching Max Redfield, a decision to go for two that could have cost the Irish the game, to playing Cam McDaniel in a critical situation when Tarean Folston has proven to not have a ball security problem. Notre Dame looked soft and looked as if they didn’t want to win anywhere close to as badly as the Wildcats, which ultimately falls on the group of subpar seniors on the Irish team. The following players did their best to get the Irish the victory though it didn’t pan out:
Will Fuller: Since being called out by Brian Kelly Irish receiver Will Fuller has responded loud and clear. Fuller was making plays all day long for the Irish versus the Wildcats totalling nine receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Fuller likely would have had bigger numbers if Everett Golson didn’t one hop throws to him when he was wide open on multiple occasions.
Tarean Folston: Irish running back Tarean Folston eclipsed 100 yards rushing again and could have had an even bigger day if Coach Kelly had have shown the commitment to the run game that he should have. Folston rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown versus Northwestern and was gaining big chunks of yardage at will early until his carries were limited.
Issac Rochell: Defensive lineman Issac Rochell had his best game as a member of the Irish in defeat. Rochell was a force up front getting penetration and causing problems for the Wildcats offense. Rochell had nine tackles to go along with a sack and two pass breakups as he was forced to play a bigger role when Sheldon Day went down.
Cole Luke: Cornerback Cole Luke had a solid effort as he continues to play a larger role with Cody Riggs limited due to injury. Luke had seven tackles including one for loss to go along with a forced fumble and an interception on a day where turnovers were plentiful.