Monday, September 24, 2012
Notre Dame weekend rewind
By Matt Fortuna
One last look at how Notre Dame improved to 4-0 on Saturday.
The good: Notre Dame is 4-0 for the first time in 10 years. The Irish did it by forcing Denard Robinson into the worst game of his career, on his 22nd birthday, no less. Shoelace turned it over five times, his team did it six times, and the Irish walked away from the month of September unscathed, with unspoken big-picture dreams very much a possibility one-third of the way through the season.
The bad: Everett Golson is the starting quarterback, but he has been pulled from two games in his four-start career. Saturday's was a no-brainer after the redshirt freshman tossed two interceptions early, including one in the end zone. Brian Kelly termed the mistakes as "carelessness" and made mention of a heavy workload in the classroom in the week leading up to the game, but he and everyone else expects more from the No. 1 quarterback, which Golson will be entering the Miami game in two weeks.
The ugly: Michigan had a stretch of five straight passes that were picked off. There were eight combined turnovers and 10 total penalties on the night. Woof.
History: The Irish topped Michigan State and Michigan in the same season for the first time since 2004. They held both schools without a touchdown in the same year for the first time since 1909. History, indeed.
Next up: Notre Dame has a bye week before beginning a three-game stretch without an away contest: Miami (in Chicago), Stanford and BYU. Oklahoma awaits the Irish Oct. 27 in Norman.