Monday, October 8, 2012
Notre Dame weekend rewind
By Matt Fortuna
Notre Dame beat Miami by 38 points on Saturday to improve to 5-0. Here's one last look back at how the Irish got there.
The good: Everett Golson had the best game of his young career, completing 17 of 22 passes for 186 yards and rushing for 51 yards, and the Irish moved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002, when they started 8-0. Notre Dame netted 376 rushing yards, its most in a game since rushing for 380 on Nov. 11, 2000 against Boston College.
The bad: I suppose being late for a team meeting is bad when you're the starting quarterback, and that will take the starter label away from you from a technical standpoint, but there really isn't much to complain about here from Notre Dame's end Saturday night. Tommy Rees, by the way, officially improved his career record as a starter to 13-4.
The ugly: OK, we'll lay off the helmets for once. Instead, we'll turn to poor Phillip Dorsett, whom you can read about here from colleague Andrea Adelson. Miami had been working on that game-opening play all week. Instead, Notre Dame kept its five-game streak of never trailing alive, though it did surrender first-quarter points for the first time this season. The Irish have not started a season without trailing in any of its first five contests since the national title season of 1947, which did not face a deficit that year or the year before.
No rush: The Irish are one of two teams (TCU is the other) to not allow a rushing touchdown this season. They did not allow a rushing score during their final two games of 2011, so the streak is technically at seven games. Notre Dame has not gone five straight games to start a season without surrendering a rushing score since 1989.
Next up: No. 17 Stanford is coming to town. So is "College GameDay," for the first time since the infamous "Bush Push" game of 2005. Notre Dame is 3-4 all-time when hosting GameDay. The Cardinal bring in a three-game winning streak over the Irish, and they boast a signature win over USC this season. It will likely be Notre Dame's toughest test yet, though we have said that before during this season.