Finally, Notre Dame fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Although it was against an inferior opponent Notre Dame’s whooping of Purdue 38-10 showed that the team can play a complete game. As an Irish fan, it was finally great to see Coach Kelly not have an aneurism throughout the game.
On the first play of the game the quarterback dropped back to pass, the ball is in the air and the throw is intercepted! No, it was not Tommy Rees this time; the Irish were able to address their turnover ratio and actually protect the ball for all four quarters. Yeah I know it is hard to believe they were actually on the plus side of the turnover ratio, but they proved the critics wrong for at least this game.
As expected the Irish came out firing on all cylinders and did not let up until the game was in hand, scoring on 6 of their 12 drives (two of which were a quarterback kneel to end both the first and second halves). Tommy Rees ended up with three touchdowns and 254 yards passing, 137 of which went to Michael Floyd. Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray look to be the one two punch the Irish need if they plan to keep the winning streak going. Even though Notre Dame did play a sound game, David Ruffer did miss two field goals (making his season total 3 for 7), which could have been game changing if this would have been a closer match.
I think everyone can agree this is the Notre Dame team we all expected to see throughout the season. Hopefully, Coach Kelly can keep this winning mentality heading into next week’s matchup against Air Force. The key to the game next week will be whether or not Notre Dame can slow down Air Force’s triple option offense.