Saturday, September 5, 2009

Fighting Irish Dominate Nevada (35-0)

This morning I heard Mark May say this..."Nevada will run all over Notre Dame in the opening game upset." Now let me be clear...I've never liked Mark May, and that made me dislike him even more...But as I watched the Fighting Irish do nearly anything and everything to the Nevada Wolfpack, that they wanted to...I thought of stupid Mark May and the stupid words that came out of his mouth...And I smiled...
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That said, I did think that Nevada was going to give the Irish a tougher game...But I'm glad they didn't...
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The Irish moved the ball well in their first series, including Weis going for a fourth and short, which he has done consistently through his career...But this time he didn't have to pass for it...This year's Fighting Irish can run the ball...There was an explosiveness from the offensive line we haven't seen in the last few years...The opening drive ended with a 19 yard touchdown pass from Clausen to tight end Kyle Rudolph...The fact that Rudolph was covered well didn't matter...As his 6'6" frame went up over the defender to get the ball...
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In the second quarter Clausen hit WR Michael Floyd twice for touchdowns...The first was a 24 yard reception...The next one was a quick strike followed by 70 yards to the end zone as Golden Tate threw a good block that helped spring Floyd...
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The Irish scored again in the second quarter on a 1 yard run by Armando Allen...Set up by a 19 yard run by Jonas Gray...

Clausen had started out completing 10 of his first 11 passes, for 184 yards, and 3 touchdowns...He would add to the numbers in the third by connecting with Floyd again on an 88 yard touchdown reception...

Clausn would finish 15 for 18 with 314 yards, and 4 touchdowns...Floyd had 4 receptions for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns...Golden Tate had 3 receptions for 59 yards...Allen rushed for 72 yards and 1 touchdown, on 15 carries...Gray had 50 yards on 9 carries...

The defense clearly had a great game, keeping the Wolfpack off the scoreboard...Kyle McCarthy and Robert Blanton both had interceptions and the defense also recovered a fumble on a dropped option pitch...


Final game stats for the Irish...1st downs: 20...Total Yards: 510...Passing: 332...Rushing: 178... 3rd down conversions: 6-12...4th down conversions: 1-2...0 turnovers...Time of Possession: 33:40

Great way to start the season...Next up...Michigan.

Later, The Beeze.

3 comments:

afrankangle said...

Good start for your Irish. Inline for a possible upset, ND gets a good start out of the gate.

Hey hey ... Tuesday morning I'll be posting this year's first "They've Earned It" Top 10 .... Probably the only top 10 in the country without Florida, Texas, and others!

petersonsprognostics said...

The Irish looked good, a lot better than I was expecting. I thought Nevada's DEs would cause a little more trouble than in actuality. However, the first "test" of the season is next week against Michigan, who also very suprisingly looked good. I think that Michigan takes the game, but we will see. Good stuff.

The BEEZE said...

This was just the first in many steps the Irish have to make this year...The next step is Michigan...They won't abuse them the way they did Nevada, but I think they'll win...

It was clear they were prepared for The Wolfpacks DEs...But the Irish also showed their Defense needs to be tougher against the run.