November 20, 2012 4:30 PM by Wade Blogs
Sorry we are late with this. Dips has been busy and not in any shape to write. But wow…Notre Dame Fighting Irish is #1 in the College Football rankings for the first time since 1993 and first time ever in BCS rankings.
This was Golson’s best game yet as an Irish starter. He was locked in and didn’t give up an inch. He didn’t play the full game but he had 346 yards with 3 touchdowns. He is reaching new levels at the right times. He is not only succeeding this season, he is progressing to a great football player.
Running Backs: A
Cierre Wood could have possibly played his last game in Notre Dame Stadium and he may have went out with a bang: 150 yards on 11 carries. Riddick had three runs for a total of 20 yards but was an excellent reciver over the middle for Golson.
Wide Receivers: B+
Golson had over 340 yards passing and his favorite target was once again TJ Jones, who had 97 yards and a Touchdown on six receptions.
Tight Ends: A
Tyler Eifert, in his last game at Notre Dame Stadium, caught six passes for 85 yards and had a touchdown. He became ND’s leading reception leader at the Tight End position. Great day for Tyler and the rest of the TE’s.
Offensive Line: A
They kept Golson on his feet and gave him more than enough time to allow him to throw. Great job for a impressive group of gentlemen.
Defensive Line: A
They held the Wake Forest to almost nothing all day. They proved faster and better than them but never stopped working.
Manti Te’o played his last game at home for the Irish. He didn’t have much of an impact on the field this game but the stadium was all in Hawaiian leis in honor of his service to this university. Carlo Calabrese forced a fumble for the Irish as well.
Defensive Backs: A
The longest run play was a 13 yard carry late in the fourth for the Demon Deacons. They stepped up huge to perserve the shut out and win. Nothing will come easy in Southern California, so they need to stay focused.
Special Teams: D-
I have nothing good to say about them. STEP IT UP SPECIAL TEAMS!
Brian Kelly coached the Irish to a blow out win on senior day. You know how special that is? You allow seniors to play who normally do not. A great opportunity for the players and their families who may be there.
Next up, is the biggest game in recent Notre Dame memory. What was already a big game is now a HUGE game in Southern California. Notre Dame takes on the USC Trojans on Saturday at 8PM ET.