The Notre Dame football team dominated the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday night, and here are the offensive grades from the 28-3 victory.
It’s hard to complain about winning a game 28-3. That’s a blowout that the Irish dominated the whole way through, with Notre Dame football leading 21-0 at the half. The problem is that it felt like the Irish could have won by a lot more, against a defense that has been known to give up massive numbers.
If it wasn’t a red-zone turnover, it was a failed fourth-down conversion. Somewhere along several drives, the offense seemed to lose focus. That’s going to affect grading.
Even if Notre Dame should have scored more, though, 28 points is still a good offensive day. The Irish did a lot of things right and were effective throughout the night at every level of the offense. It really was just finishing drives where they tripped themselves up during the game.
In particular, Notre Dame was great in the running game. In that respect, the Irish looked a lot more like everyone expected them to at the start of the season. They were a power team that ran the ball well, with just enough in the passing game to get theirs and keep the defense honest. It was also good to see Brian Kelly getting aggressive on fourth down, and being willing to go for it. Even if it doesn’t always work, this will help throughout a game more than it hurts.
So, here are the offensive grades for Notre Dame’s win over Virginia: