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Saturday, November 13, 2010
All Irish after three quarters

By Brian Bennett

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame is doing everything right, while Utah can't get anything going.

It's almost like a bizarro version of the season to date, as the Irish are getting contributions from lots of unheralded players, ruling the game with defense and coming up with every key play. Duval Kamara has two touchdown catches, which may explain everything you need to know. Kamara had seven catches this season coming into Saturday.

Utah trails 28-3, and just failed on fourth-and-goal from the 8. It was the kind of drive that had killed the Irish in so many previous games; the Utes converted a key fourth down earlier as Shaky Smithson broke a Gary Gray tackle before the sticks. But the Notre Dame defense simply stiffened and got the ball back.

I don't think anybody saw this type of game coming. You know who likes this besides Irish fans? Boise State. This Utah team looks awful, and it's taking a bit of the luster off TCU's big victory in Salt Lake City last week.

Not even Notre Dame can blow this lead in the fourth quarter. I think.