In what was a tale of two halves for Notre Dame, was a great come-from-behind victory for the Florida State Seminoles. It was 14-0 at one point for the Irish, but they couldn’t hold on, as the Seminoles scored 18 unanswered points in the second half to win the game 18-14.
As I predicted, it was a low scoring first half. Both defenses played great, but the Irish got lucky when Manti Te’o had a forced fumble that was picked up by Zeke Motta for a 29 yard touchdown. Florida State punted 6 out of 8 possessions in the first half and the other 2 possessions were the fumble return and a failed 4th down conversion.
For FSU’s defense, they were just as strong. Notre Dame punted 4 out of the 7 possessions and the other possessions were the interception thrown by Tommy Rees, a field goal missed, and a kneel-down for the end of the half. Each Notre Dame Possession didn’t surpass 10 yards of total offense.
For Notre Dame’s offense, it started out great. They drove the ball 62 yards and ended with a Michael Floyd 5 yard touchdown pass. At that time, it was 14-0. Florida State then had 4 straight offensive possessions where it ended in points. The first one was a field goal, the next one was a touchdown, followed by another touchdown, and lastly another field goal. Mix in a few missed 2-point conversions, and you have your 18-14 score.
Notre Dame’s defense received no help from their offense whatsoever. Quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix each showed no signs of improvement, as they each had a costly interceptions (2 by Rees and 1 by Hendrix) that either saved the Seminoles from giving up two touchdowns or put them in prime position to get points.
Turnovers, the story of the 2011 Notre Dame Football season.