ND Game 8: The Irish Silence the Critics

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October 28, 2012 9:14 PM by Wade Blogs

The Irish improved to a record of 8-0 this weekend as they defeated the Oklahoma Sooners on the road in Norman, OK.  Golden Domers did just enough to beat a very tough Oklahoma team.  The Irish came home to South Bend, IN with a W.  Here are the grades:

Quarterback: A

No turnovers, but no touchdowns.  Golson came to play this weekend after missing last week with concussion like symptoms.  He finished at 13 of 25 with 177 yards in the air.  Not Heisman worthy but he is building and that is the most important part.

Running Game: A

For this game, George Atkinson was in South Bend recovering from the flu.  Everyone thought GAIII absence would be the nail in the coffin but it was not.  The Irish stepped up and made up for a missing team leader.  148 yards on the ground on 26 attempts.

Wide Recievers: A

TJ Jones led the squad with five catches for 55 yards.  Of those five catches, three were for first downs.  Freshman Chris Brown had a huge reception of 50 yards in the final quarter that led to another Irish touchdown and sealed the victory for the Golden Domers.

Tight End: A

Every opposing team in the NCAA loves Tyler Eifert so much that they devout two players to his every movement.  He had only two receptions for 22 yards on the night.  He did a great job of blocking

Offensive Line: A

They blocked, which creates holes for the running backs and gives the QB time to find his open targets.  Golson was sacked once last night and that is due to a superb O-Line.

Defesnsive Line: A

Two sacks on the day of a very good quarterback in Landry Jones.  15 yards on 24 attempts for the Sooners and that is because the defensive line took it to the house.

Linebackers: A+

What else is there left to say about this group of young men who do everything and anything for their team.  Te’o had 11 tackles, one sack and one interception, which was a result of defensive line pressure.

Defensive Backs: A

Not too many yards after the catch was the highlight of the night.  Jones couldn’t complete passes to his receivers so he hit his tight ends for easy dumps.

Special Teams: A

I feel as if Brindza misses field goals on purpose to give me a heart attack.  3 out of 4 is not bad but it isn’t good either.  Ben Turk did his thing with the punts and kept the Sooners on their half of the field.

Coaching: A+

One of his best coached games at ND this year.  He needs to keep them focused and motivated in the remaining four games.  All he can control is winning the games his team plays in.

Notre Dame is ranked 3rd in BCS and 4th in the Coaches and AP polls.  They head back to South Bend to play Pittsburgh next week

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