As for comparing to Clemson’s schedule, the Tigers do play a lower-level FCS school (Wofford), but their other three non-conference games against Appalachian State (now FBS in the Sun Belt), Notre Dame and South Carolina measures up with the Irish’s three non-Power Five schools (Mid-American member Massachusetts and AAC members Navy and Temple).
It was the first time since 1987 that both Clemson and Notre Dame entered October with an undefeated record and the Irish figured to be the more tested team or at least the more clearly defined. Prosise and Will Fuller (again, probably not unexpected).
Kizer moved right after the snap and had the option to run or pass depending on the numbers. “There’s not much he can’t do”, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. After the TD, Kelly chose to go for two, but the Irish failed that attempt too.
The ACC’s only other ostensible contender, Georgia Tech, is on a three-game losing streak after getting drilled at Notre Dame and then losing to Duke and North Carolina.
One hundred sixty-one seconds into the contest and the Irish trailed 7-0.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith is hard to keep track of.
But Saturday evening, the Irish dug themselves a deep hole from the start. The Ducks have crushed the Buffaloes the last four times they have met, but Colorado (3-1) is off to its best start since 2009. And with a Top 25 that looks as jumbled as ever, all the Irish can control is their own fate. Kizer’s fourth-quarter interception ended with a Clemson field goal, making it a 24-16 game. The offense needs fine-tuning, but with quarterback Deshaun Watson, running back Wayne Gallman and receiver Artavis Scott, there’s only so far it can fall. Freshman returner C.J. Sanders fumbled the opening kick of the third quarter and the Tigers turned it into a touchdown. Hurricane Joaquin is scheduled to roll through Clemson tomorrow, which of course will have a heavy impact on the game. He fumbled at Clemson’s 4-yard line with 2 minutes, 9 seconds glowing on the clock in an eight-point game. After that the Irish began gobbling up yards in droves.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Ezekiel Elliott had three second half touchdown runs of over 55 yards and No. 1 Ohio State withstood a furious rally in the closing minutes as the Buckeyes held on.
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was 34 of 48 for 374 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions but was sacked seven times.
Clemson outgained the Fighting Irish 152-137 and had five tackles for loss in the first half. The Kizer keeper right-on the conversion attempt that might have sent the game into overtime-came up short. Kizer has proven in two starts that he’s ready to be the leader for the Irish offense, and we saw a prime example of that during the loss of Clemson. Kizer could never connect with him on one of those deep balls and rarely even looked Fuller’s way.
Kelly can’t run away from his final two-point decision. It simply wasn’t the smart, winning football the Irish had been used to playing the first month of 2015. Its defense, anyway, was happy to tell you they knew it all along. At the end of the day, if you don’t win, it doesn’t matter how great you are. “I’m disappointed for [the players]”.
Coach Mike Sanford broke things down with a wistful, standing Kizer and a seated Malik Zaire-and gave them both a hug when they finished. Will the offense get better and have a chance down the road to be what many believed it could? The teams haven’t played since 2011, a 20-19 victory for Boston College at home.
“They brought pressure, but we sorted a few things out”. Get the soggy turf before the soggy turf gets you.
The game can be seen live on WJBF News Chanel 6 Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.
Goodson, who mostly played behind current National Football League players Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward last year, said he welcomed the opportunity to make game-changing plays, but doesn’t mind those years spent as a contributor on previous elite units.