Irish get a much-needed easy win

It's not as if all that ails Notre Dame has suddenly been cured. But the Irish got exactly what they needed against Boston College.

Already reeling at 1-3 after a blowout loss to Stanford, the Domers could not have afforded another loss. They instead offered reasons for optimism with a commanding road performance in a 31-13 win.

After racing to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, the Irish basically held serve the rest of the game. Still, they showed they could dominate an opponent from start to finish, even if Boston College has a shaky résumé and some serious questions on offense.

Armando Allen rushed for 82 yards against the nation's No. 6 run defense, and Dayne Crist completed 24 of 44 passes for 200 yards and two scores. If those stats don't seem all that intimidating, that's the point; this game was never in doubt despite a lack of standout individual performances. There's still a lot of room for progress here, and with the schedule starting to lighten now, Notre Dame can really start to get better and rack up some wins if it continues to improve.

The defense shut down Boston College, but again, this is a bad offensive team with serious quarterback issues. Notre Dame had to win this game because a 1-4 start would have been unbearable for all involved. That the Irish won it in relatively easy fashion is a breath of fresh air for a program that has seemingly been life or death every week when it's not getting hammered by good teams like Stanford.

Now, the three-game losing streak has been erased and replaced with some positive feelings just as Notre Dame has a chance to get on a little bit of a roll.