It wasn’t pretty but the Irish survived and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 19-16 victory versus Boston College in the Shamrock Series game at Fenway Park. The Irish were plagued by turnovers that kept the Eagles in the game despite the vast gap in talent. The Notre Dame defense was able to do enough to lift the offense up and limit the points off turnovers. The following players led the Irish to victory versus Boston College:
With Boston College making Will Fuller a priority on defense other receivers needed to step up for DeShone Kizer, which is exactly what Chris Brown did. Brown was able to stretch the field hauling in six passes for a game-high 104 yards and a touchdown. Brown’s veteran leadership and consistency was huge for a young quarterback like Kizer in a sloppy game.
Amir Carlisle also stepped up and had his best game of the season for the Irish. Carlisle was getting open all day on intermediate routes, giving Kizer easy throws. Carlisle had a game-high seven receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown while also adding four yards rushing for 101 yards from scrimmage.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith was all over the field as usual in an Irish victory. Smith was making plays all night against the basic Boston College offense. The junior was solid in pass coverage limiting big plays and breaking up a pass. Smith also had a game-high 11 tackles in the victory.
Safety Max Redfield continues to improve as he had a strong effort versus the Eagles. The junior was a part of a secondary that limited Boston College to 88 yards passing. Redfield had a big sack to go along with nine tackles, good for second on the team in the victory.