Notre Dame Football: Opponents Recap


Sep 8, 2012; Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. (21) stiff arms a Central Michigan Chippewas player in the fourth quarter at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Navy (0-1)-Navy had a bye week this week after being beaten by Notre Dame, 50-10. They will play the 0-2 Penn State Nittany Lions next week in Happy Valley.

Michigan State (2-0)-The Spartans handled in-state Central Michigan on Saturday at Spartan Stadium 41-7. Andrew Maxwell, the new Quarterback for Michigan State, threw for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. Star Running Back La’Veon Bell rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries with 2 touchdowns. After turning the ball over four times in their first game against the Boise State Broncos, the Spartans only committed one turnover in this game.

Michigan (1-1)-After losing to Alabama in their opener, Michigan regained their winning ways with a close victory against the Falcons of the Air Force Academy, 31-25. Denard Robinson had 426 yards of total offense, 208 through the air and 218 on the ground. The Falcons rushed for 290 yards on the Michigan defense Currently, Michigan is giving up over 250 yards a game on the ground.

Miami (1-1)-The Hurricanes were throttled by Kansas State on Saturday, 52-13. The Wildcats put up 498 yards against the Hurricanes defense. In addition, the rushing attack for Miami was halted as they were held to 40 yards. Quarterback Stephen Morris had a decent game, going 19-for-26 for 215 yards.

Stanford (2-0)-After struggling with San Jose State, Stanford blew out Duke, 50-13. Andrew Luck’s replacement, Josh Nunes was very good going 16-for-30 for 275 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Stanford, a typically strong rushing based attack, has only rushed for 123.5 yards per game against inferior opponents. This total ranks 94th nationally.

BYU (2-0)-The Cougars followed up their opening game win against the Washington State Cougars with a 45-13 win against the Weber State Wildcats. BYU Quarterback Riley Nelson was 18-for-29 for 244 yards and 1 touchdown. The Cougars tallied 532 yards on offense.

Oklahoma (2-0)-After a scare in the first game against UTEP, the Sooners defeated Florida A&M 69-13. Landry Jones had efficient game, going 19-for-28 for 252 yards and 1 touchdown. The Sooners racked up 662 yards on Offense, which was a much higher output than the prior week.

Pittsburgh (0-2)-Pittsburgh’s woes continued when they lost 34-10 to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday night. Pittsburgh star Ray Graham had solid game. He ran for 103 yards and 19 carries.

Boston College (1-1)-The Boston College Eagles defeated the Maine Black Bears, 34-3. Boston College had an extremely balanced attack. The Eagles rushed for 166 yards and threw for 219 yards. Quarterback Chase Rettig went 16-for-32 for 219 yards.

Wake Forest (2-0)-The Demon Deacons squeaked out a victory against North Carolina, 28-27. Quarterback Tanner Price scored on a QB sneak with 2:09 left in the game to put Wake Forest ahead. Price was tremendous going 27-38 for 327 yards and 1 touchdown. This was an extremely evenly played game. The total yardages were 428-426 respectively.

USC (2-0)-USC outlasted delays and outlasted the ‘Cuse to reign victorious 42-29. Robert Woods was outstanding. He had 169 total offensive yards. Matt Barkley threw for a school record six touchdown-passes.

Opponent Win-Loss Totals: 15-6 (.714)