Notre Dame football vs. Toledo review: 3 studs, 3 duds in Week 2
The freshman San Diego made a surprise appearance in the second quarter of Saturday’s contest. According to sophomore running back Chris Tyree, his insertion into the game was planned.
“I think it’s important to know that we were actually implementing that in the game plan. We had practiced a few of those packages in the week so we knew it was coming.”
Buchner rushed for 68 yards and threw for 78 yards. On three Notre Dame scoring drives, he appeared; once in tandem with Coan and twice as the primary quarterback. The threat of his run ability directly led to two Irish scores. Buchner showed an ability to execute a limited package at a high level. It helped Notre Dame win on Saturday.
They will need his help going forward.
Former Covington Catholic star Michael Mayer continued his journey to what could be a record-breaking sophomore season. He caught seven passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against Toledo. His first score came on a 4-yard pass from Jack Coan on the game’s opening drive. His second score occurred on the game’s final drive. Toledo gambled and covered Mayer one-on-one.
As the future all-American showed, he is too good to stop with just one defender.
The graduate student from Hawaii only made 2 tackles on Saturday but they were both sacks. The latter of his sacks happened on the game’s final drive. Toledo quarterback Carter Bradley climbed the pocket attempting to keep the play alive when the defensive end stripped the ball. He ended the Rockets threat and sealed the win for the Fighting Irish.
More importantly, why is he on this list? Following the game, he immediately zoomed in for his father’s funeral. The dedication and focus shown by Tagovailoa-Amosa are not surpassed by anyone on the Notre Dame football team.