Notre Dame needs its opponents to perform well over the next few week to help them out in the computer polls. Here is how the Fighting Irish opponents fared this week:
Navy Midshipmen (6-3)-The Navy Midshipmen defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls, 24-17. Freshman Quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 159 yards on 26 carries. In addition, Reynolds threw for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Owls. The Midshipmen amassed 246 yards rushing against the Owls defense. Navy won its 5th game in a row.
Purdue Boilermakers (3-6)-The Boilermakers dropped their 5th game of the year against the Penn State Nittany Lions, 34-9. This was Purdue’s fifth loss in a row. Caleb TerBush led all Purdue Quarterbacks led in passing with 155 yards. As has been the trend with the season, Purdue again played three Quarterbacks, TerBush, Marve and Henry.
Michigan State Spartans (5-5)-The Spartans were defeated by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 28-24. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 123 yards on 9 of 27 passing. La’Veon Bell rushed for 188 yards on 36 carries. The Spartan Defense allowed 365 yards of Total Offense to Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Michigan Wolverines (6-3)-The Wolverines defeated to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon. Denard Robinson did not play for the Wolverines. Instead, backup Devin Gardner threw for 234 yards against the Minnesota Defense on 12 of 18 passing. Gardner added 21 yards on the ground. It was not quite a “Denard Robinson” performance but it was high efficient. This was much improved over Bellomy who threw three interceptions in relief for Robinson against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Miami Hurricanes (5-4)-The Miami Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech on Thursday night, 30-12. Despite being out gained by the Hokies, the Hurricanes managed to rout the Hokies. Logan Thomas, the Virginia Tech Quarterback, threw two interceptions. The Hurricanes did not turn the ball over once on Thursday night. The Hurricanes turned the tables on the classic Beamer Ball trend and returned a kickoff for 81 yards.
Brigham Young (5-4)-The BYU Cougars did not play this week. BYU plays the Idaho Vandals on Saturday night on ESPNU.
Oklahoma Sooners (6-2)-The Sooners bounced back with a victory over the Iowa State Cyclones, 35-20. Landry Jones threw for 405 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs. The Sooners added 188 yards rushing on the ground. Brennan Clay rushed for 157 yards and 1 TD. Penn State transfer Justin Brown had 7 receptions for 107 yards and 1 TD.
Boston College Eagles (2-7)-The Eagles dropped their seventh game by losing 28-14 to Wake Forest. Boston College Quarterback Chase Rettig threw for 369 yards. However, Rettig threw 3 interceptions. In addition, the Eagles fumbled the ball once for a total of 4 turnovers. Boston College only garnered 12 rushing yards.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-4)-Wake Forest defeated the Boston College Eagles by the score of 28-14. Quarterback Tanner Price threw the ball 57 times while completing 39 of them. Price amassed 293 yards passing for the Deacons in their victory.
USC Trojans (5-2)-The Trojans were defeated by the Oregon Ducks, 62-51. The Trojans allowed 730 total yards to the Oregon Ducks. To add to the Trojan miscues, Matt Barkley threw two interceptions. He has had an excellent season but has also had several miscues. He has thrown 10 interceptions. In this game, Barkley threw for 484 yards.