Brian Kelly singled out Dexter Williams as the only Notre Dame player to play with fire and passion last week. This week Williams played a much larger role in the Irish offense than he had previously and he responded with a highlight reel worthy 59 yard touchdown run in the second half.
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Williams looked contained after he ran right but reversed his field and ran through the Syracuse defense and raced to the end-zone. On the game Williams totaled 8 carries for 80 yards and scored for the second week in a row and third time overall this season in just 21 carries.
Senior running back Tarean Folston saw his carries bottom out with none with Williams seeing an increased work load.
Williams had a bit of a scary moment in the fourth quarter when he got twisted around while getting tackled by two defenders. He immediately grabbed his knee and it did not look good. Williams walked off the field on his own power, however, and later returned to the game.