Notre Dame Football Opponent Preview: BYU Cougar Offense

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Oct. 20, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back George Atkinson III (4) stretches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown as BYU Cougars defensive back Daniel Sorensen (9) defends in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Overview

Last season BYU arrived at Notre Dame stadium sandwiched between the Irish’s emotional win over a Stanford and their upcoming primetime matchup with then #8 Oklahoma, so you could almost forgive the Irish for looking past an unranked BYU team.  The Cougars on the other hand came to play and they capitalized on the Irish hangover, taking a 14-7 lead into halftime.  In the 2nd half, Notre Dame’s offensive line took control and powered the Irish to a narrow 17-14 victory.

The Cougars moved on from the loss but it appears that the sting still lingers.  Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune recently asked head coach Bronco Mendenhall about the close game and Mendenhall told Drew: “I don’t remember many games, but I remember that one. And so I am looking forward to going back.”  BYU’s star wide receiver Cody Hoffman also weighed in with Drew: “It has definitely stuck with us, because we easily could have won,” Hoffman said. “And just seeing them in the national championship [game] and just knowing that we could have, and should have, beat them. But it is nice being able to go back this year and hopefully get revenge.”

For BYU 2013 provides them with the opportunity to exact revenge for a game they believed slipped through their fingers.  Given that this year’s contest once again takes place at Notre Dame, the Cougars believe a victory could define their season, especially after tough losses to Virginia, Utah and Wisconsin.  So let’s take a look at BYU’s offense and how, on Senior Day, the Irish intend to send their 33 seniors out with a victory.

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