Brandon Wimbush was the offensive key to the Notre Dame football win over Michigan.
Saturday night in South Bend, Notre Dame football took down the Michigan Wolverines 24-17. This game was pretty much controlled by the Irish throughout, and the score doesn’t indicate how true that statement is. The defense played lights out and the offense did enough to keep the lead throughout the entire game — maintaining a double-digit lead for for the majority of the contest.
This game wouldn’t have gone the way it did if it wasn’t for the play of quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Right from the start he was completely locked in — converting on a 3rd and long on the very first drive of the season. He also had a great deep-ball toss to Mile Boykin that led to the Irish getting an early lead on Michigan.
He simply oozed confidence from beginning to end.
Wimbush ended up finishing 12 of 22 for 170 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. He also added 59 yards rushing on 19 carries.
The stat line won’t blow you away, and truly doesn’t show you just how big of a factor he was. Most of his success came in the first half in a big way, where he was red hot on 10 of 15 for 148 yards, including the lone touchdown pass and 39 rushing yards. What he didn’t do in the second half was panic when adversity hit. As a result, he didn’t make significant mistakes. He lead his offense efficiently the entire game, which is very reassuring to see.
Additionally, his success with pre-snap reads was nice to see against a tough Michigan defense. Wimbush was inconsistent in that regard during the 2017 season.
For his performance, Brandon Wimbush takes home the Slap the Sign Offensive Player of the Game for Week 1.