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Three things we saw in Notre Dame’s Shoutout win over Boston College

Three things we saw in Notre Dame’s Shoutout win over Boston College

For the first time this season Notre Dame Fighting Irish took a vastly inferior team and made them look relevant in a 44-0 Senior Day win over Boston College Eagles. There was a lot to enjoy in this win over the little brother from the east and it’s important to stop and appreciate those moments with so little football left this season. Let’s pick three of these things to enjoy as we wait for the final vs USC Trojans.

For the past few seasons, the guys in the group have been joking about the curse of Justin Tuck’s record — it seems like every quarterback that’s been touted as poised to break the two-time record Super Bowl Notre Dame’s championship run followed the hype with a disappointing campaign. Isaiah Foskey looked like another potential entrant in that category earlier this season, but has become a force and a vital leader in Notre Dame’s second-half resurgence.

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On Saturday, Foskey finally climbed a mountain many of his predecessors couldn’t, becoming Notre Dame’s all-time strikeout leader in his final home game. It was a great moment and a great reward for his courage and perseverance. Now, Foskey takes his crown in Los Angeles against what is probably the most dynamic passing attack the Irish will see all season – let’s hope he can add a little more to that record.

Notre Dame’s offensive output was what fans have come to expect all season, a brutally physical effort in which the Irish barely turned the ball over because they didn’t have to, averaging over seven yards per carry and accounting for four touchdowns. However, the Irish have shown some weaknesses against the run, which could be very useful next weekend, becoming increasingly effective at getting to the outfield with a variety of ball carriers (Michael Meyer and Lorenzo Stiles have both been good on sweeps in addition to each running backs hitting the perimeter).

NCAA Football: Boston College at Notre Dame

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Increasing efficiency on the outside is a big deal for this Irish offense, which used to do nearly all of its damage under center. While USC’s defense isn’t exactly rock-solid, it has plenty of talent and the Irish will need to run the ball in a variety of ways — especially with Drew Pine’s limitations in the passing game. With that in mind, it was great to see the Irish offensive line and receivers create effective outside running lanes and backs that beat BC’s defenders into the corners. If the Irish can continue to do that while also being a big threat in the middle, they will be hard to stop on the ground in Los Angeles

Arguably BC’s biggest offensive threat has been Zay Flowers, who could pose some problems in light of Notre Dame’s struggles against the big game this season. But the Irish secondary showed tremendous concentration in blocking Flowers and denying the Eagles a chance to fly throughout this game, as well as dynamism in forcing several turnovers (albeit with a lot of help from the weather).

NCAA Football: Boston College at Notre Dame

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Benjamin Morrison, of course, had a great day with three interceptions and has emerged as a true blocking corner in his first season, even if every Notre Dame opponent seems determined to pick on him. Also to be commended is Cam Hart, who should have gotten credit for Marist Lufau’s amazingly inverted save-and-goal; Xavier Watts, who was on defense and was awarded a sack; and the Irish linebackers, who recorded a pair of pass breakups themselves. Overall, the Irish held Emmett Morehead to just five yards per pass and an incredible 3.4 QBR. This is a unit that got off to a solid start but has made tremendous strides in recent weeks and will take that momentum into a matchup against one of the best pass rushes in college football. Buckle up Irish fans, this is going to be one heck of a final.



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