Notre Dame Blue and Gold Game: Preview

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Today will be the final day of Notre Dame’s spring season of football. They are concluding their 15 practices with the annual Blue and Gold Game.

Apr. 24, 2010; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Tai-ler Jones (7) catches a touchdown pass in front of defensive back Darrin Walls (2) in the first quarter of the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Here’s the format of the game today, which is ultimately offense vs defense.

April 18, 2012



– The first half will have two 15-minute quarters with normal clock stoppages.

– The second half will feature two 15-minute quarters with a running clock.

– Clock stoppages will occur only due to injuries or timeouts.


– Each team will be allowed three timeouts per half.

HALFTIME- Halftime will last 15 minutes.

COIN TOSS – There will be a ceremonial coin toss at the beginning of the Blue-Gold game featuring former Notre Dame football player and two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuckto determine which end zone the defense will defend.


– All players – including quarterbacks – are live.

– Each possession will begin on the 35-yard line.

– There will not be any kickoffs.

– All punts will be fair caught.

– The defense may bring pressure on third down and on snaps originating inside the 20-yard line.

– A scoring point system will determine the winner of the game.

– There will not be an overtime period should the score be tied at the end of regulation.

POINT SYSTEM(traditional scoring)


3 points – Field Goal

6 points – Touchdown

1 point – Extra Point

2 points – 2-point Conversion


4 points – Defensive Stop Before 50-yard line

2 points – Defensive Stop After 50-yard line

7 points – Turnover Forced Before 50-yard line

3 points – Turnover Forced After 50-yard line

1 point – Forces a Field Goal (Make or Miss)

The Irish have some interesting story-lines. Let’s take a look at the 3 story lines that stand out.

  1. Quarterback Battle- The highlight of this scrimmage will most definitely be the quarterback competition. Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees are clear front runners as of now, but as we saw last year with Dayne Crist, a few turnovers in a game situation can prove very costly. Everett Gloson and Gunner Kiel will get their chance to run the offense, so be on the look out for how they perform as well.
  2. Wide Receiver (filling the void left by Michael Floyd)- I know not many have been talking about this as an important part of the scrimmage, but it is a very big concern for the Irish fans. Last year, Floyd was the go to guy. He caught balls that I thought should have never been thrown to him. So, I’m excited to see who will step up as the #1 guy at the wide receiver position.
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