Notre Dame football vs. North Carolina review: 3 Studs, 3 Duds in Week 9
The junior running back from St. Louis, Missouri exploded for 199 rushing yards against the Tar Heels on Saturday night. His performance was highlighted by a 91-yard run where Williams juked the entire secondary.
The future NFL pick flashed a lot of skills including a vicious stiff-arm that flattened North Carolina linebacker, Timon Fox. Not to be forgotten, Williams also caught 3 passes for 15 yards and returned a punt 47 yards. On the season, he now totals 707 rushing yards. H
is play and, perhaps most of all, his attitude permeates the entire Notre Dame football team.
True freshman Lorenzo Styles emerged as a major contributor for the Fighting Irish on Saturday night. Styles, a speedy athlete from Pickerington, Ohio, caught 3 passes for 74 yards. His longest reception was a 40-yard catch and run against the Tar Heels.
Most of his receptions are screens and short throws. But, his suddenness and speed help him dominate after the catch. Against North Carolina, Styles racked up 64 yards after the catch. He will continue to emerge in the final games of the season.
Notre Dame’s offensive line
The Notre Dame offensive line continued to grow against North Carolina under the light of Notre Dame Stadium. In the previous 7 contests, the Notre Dame offense rushed for a total of 754 yards. Against the Tar Heels, the line of Alt, Kristofic, Patterson, Madden, and Lugg plowed the way for 296 yards on 42 rushes.
Kyren Williams did provide an incredible effort that resulted in a 91-yard touchdown. Even without that unbelievable run, the team still generated over 200 yards for the first time this season.