ND Game 10: Notre Dame Wins the Catholic Superbowl

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November 12, 2012 7:00 PM by Wade Blogs

Notre Dame came into Chestnut Hill, MA undefeated and left undefeated on their journey back to South Bend, IN.  The Irish had some costly mistakes but they took care of business a lot better than they did against Stanford and Pitt.  They are now #3 in the BCS rankings after Alabama lost to Texas A&M.

Quarterback: B

Golson did a great job of being a play maker and handling the game.  He finished with 2 touchdowns in the air on 200 yards while completing 16 out of 24 attempts.  His magical legs scored another touchdown.  He made the plays when he had to and let the game work for him.  We did not see Tommy Rees much which was a good thing for Golson’s confidence.  Rees did come in when Golson’s helmet came off on the field.Running Backs: C

Two fumbles was embarrassing and the cause of such a miserable grade.  Theo Riddick did have 104 yards on 18 carries but every other back combined for just 41 yards.  They need to tighten up because they will be tested against USC and whoever they play in a Bowl game.Wide Recievers:  B

Daniels will be out until the Bowl game with a broken clavicle, which sucks.  TJ Jones appears to be Golson’s guy out of the wideouts.  He has three catches for 39 yards while the wideouts as a whole had 79 yards.  I don’t blame them, I blame Golson and the play calling for not making them more of a difference maker.

Tight Ends: A+

Tyler Eifert is a real special player and a menace of a man.  He is one big boy and is normally underguarded in a man to man matchup.  He added 67 yards on six catches against BC.  Troy Niklas scored his first touchdown as a Golden Domer.  Two great options will help Brian Kelly mix and match his play calling.

Offensive Line: B+

They kept Golson on his feet, created gaps for the running game (184 yards), and gave the passer time to gain 209 yards in the air.  Great game and they need to continue to be great.

Defensive Line: A

Great showing of pressure, poise and determination to win the game.  They allowed 53 yards on 23 attempts!  Great front four effort and execution.

Linebackers:  A-

Prince Shembo has been overshadowed by Manti Te’o and Stephon Tuitt but he is crucial to the linebacker core. On Saturday he was in prime form adding 3 sacks and four tackles for losses.  Oh, and he added a fumble.

Secondary:  C+

27 completions for 247 yards is not good at all but it is not the worst we have seen this season.  The game started very similar to the Pitt game but ended with a lot less heartattack feeling.  They NEED to be studying film to get better for the Wake Forest game and of course the USC game.  They can’t let the front four and linebackers down as they are playing so hard.  Bennett Jackson had a great game but he must build on this for the remaining games this season.

Special Teams: B-

Brinza didn’t miss anything which was good but he was on the road which isn’t his troubled spot.  Punting was OKAY.  The Irish really need to focus on tackling during punts and kickoffs, that’s where they are lacking on special teams.

Coaching:  B

A win is a win and in his third year, keeping with Irish mystique, he has 10 of them.   Coach Kelly needs to keep them focused on Wake Forrest this week and not let them get ahead of themselves.  The USC game will come and he has to keep the patience in the locker room.The Irish return home to face ACC rival Wake Forest.  It will be a 3:30 ET game on NBC.  Check back throughout the week for all Notre Dame Football news and developments.

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