Notre Dame Football: Who was offensive player of the game against USF?

Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Notre Dame football took the the field Saturday and Ian Book returned to form in a blowout victory against South Florida.

After a shaky start to the season last week, Notre Dame football quarterback Ian Book broke out and played like the quarterback he’s shown he can be.

Book only played three quarters of the game, but there was no need for more in a game where he and the rest of the Irish had their way with the Bulls.

Book completed 12 of 19 passes and didn’t throw an interception. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass.

Those numbers might not be as eye-popping as you’d hope for, but Book appeared to be much more calm in the pocket than he was last week against Duke. Even though there were a few throws he’d probably like to have back, this week was definitely a step in the right direction for the confidence of the quarterback.

But the passing game wasn’t where Book made his biggest impact — it was on the ground. He only accounted for nine yards, but scored three touchdowns, which accounted for almost half of Notre Dame’s total.

Book’s excellent performance, along with great execution at all levels, allowed for freshman quarterback Drew Pyne to get in some valuable game action.

Honorable mention for offensive player of the game goes to tight end Tommy Tremble, who was valuable in everything he did. He was a force at blocking, caught three passes for a team leading 60 yards, and even rushed for four yards.

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Notre Dame will need another performance like this from Ian Book next week when the Irish take to the road for the first time this season against Wake Forest. If Book is able to keep moving in the right direction, expect the Irish signal-caller to put up some big numbers.