Did I get what I wanted, or did I get what I wanted? I wanted a clean slate out of DeShone Kizer. Only 7 incomplete passes, 6 total touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing), no interceptions. Utterly dominant. What about Will Fuller? 7 catches, over 150 yards receiving, 3 touchdowns. Utterly, dominant.
Notre Dame looked very, very good on Saturday. I’m talking playoff good. I want to start with the defense for a second, because they’ve gotten a lot of grief all year long. They forced Nate Peterman into a 12-for-31 performance, with an interception. They contained the explosive Qadree Ollison to 32 yards rushing. Peterman got them for 60 yards, but considering 27 of them came on a single play, I chalk that up as another victory. Pitt’s offense is good but not great, and the 30 points the Irish allowed are misleading, especially since most of them were scored after ND built a massive lead.
Now let’s shift to the offense. I’m really hoping CJ Prosise isn’t hurt too badly. He was on his way to having a nice day statistically too. But, he’s tough, and currently listed at day-to-day. I wouldn’t be opposed to him taking the Wake Forest game off, especially since the next two games are against a dominant Boston College defense and a top-ranked Stanford team. That especially because freshman Josh Adams came right in and had a day. Don’t get me wrong, running back is not a position of depth for the Fighting Irish. But to come right in after not playing much this year and having almost 150 yards rushing on 20 attempts? That’s big time. That’s clutch. That’s playoff-type football. Fuller was the leading receiver by a lot, and Kizer spread the ball around from there, with no receiver having more than 40 yards receiving or more than 5 catches.
Next up is Wake Forest. They are bad at football, period. They’re one of the two worst teams that the Irish has played so far this year. But they can’t slip up, especially this late in the season. Next week is about keeping two things- keeping pace and keeping healthy.