Notre Dame Football: Arizona State vs. Notre Dame – Positives

Oct 5, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver TJ Jones (7) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at AT

Oct 5, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver TJ Jones (7) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at AT&T Stadium

Notre Dame finally won a game that Irish fans can feel good about. Irish fans can take many positives away from the victory as the Irish head into the Bye Week. Here are the positives to take away from the Arizona State game:

Pass Rush

Notre Dame delivered 6 sacks against Arizona State after only having 4 in their first four games of the season. The Irish are below the 2012 pace. In 2012, the Irish had 33 sacks. However, the sacks do not do the pass rush justice. Notre Dame put pressure on Arizona State Quarterback Taylor Kelly several times in that forced him in to poor throws. If the Irish want to continue to play well on Defense, they will need to keep this pass rush up.

Turnover Margin

In Notre Dame’s two losses, they have lost the turnover battle. In their three wins, they have either won or remained even on the turnovers. Notre Dame was  +2 in the turnover battle on Saturday night against Arizona State. They are even for the season.

Improved Offensive Balance

For the first time since the opener, Notre Dame had over 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing. This is closer to the type of balance that Head Coach Brian Kelly is looking for. Notre Dame rushed for 145 yards and threw for 279 yards.

Following a disappointing home loss two weeks ago against Oklahoma that saw the Notre Dame Fighting Irish bounce out of the AP Top 25, Brian Kelly’s bunch bounced back last Saturday against #22 ranked Arizona State. This week, the Irish stay put on bye in South Bend awaiting another Pac-12 challenger in the form USC on October 19. A classic rivalry game, at an average price of $295 it is the highest priced ticket still remaining on Notre Dame’s schedule. With a season average of $224, Notre Dame football tickets hold tight to the #3 spot in the TiqIQ Top 25, despite a 6% decline in the past week.

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