Shutout for the Seniors
While watching the game yesterday, how many of you wondered, “When was the last time that Notre Dame played a blowout game like this?” It turns out that it hasn’t happened since the Lou Holtz era back in 1986! 35 YEARS AGO! What an awesome way to send out these seniors, as well as highlight some of the younger athletes who will be taking their places.
From the very first series of plays, it was obvious that the Irish were there to play their hearts out on Senior Day. Covid precautions prevented the departing players from meeting with their parents on the field before the start of the game, but perhaps that was a good thing since it took some of the emotion away from the task at hand.
With a score of 55-0, there were naturally many highlights on both sides of the ball. The Irish defense has now gone three games without allowing a touchdown. Let’s hope that streak continues into next week’s game. Bo Bauer led the defense with 9 total tackles while many other defensive players skillfully handled the Georgia Tech offense. Isaiah Pryor, Clarence Lewis, Howard Cross III and TaRiq Bracy all had banner days on defense. Jack Kiser and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa both contributed to the Irish score total with Kiser’s 43 yard INT return for a touchdown and Myron’s 70-yard fumble recovery for 6 points.
Jack Coan had one of his best games of the season throwing for 289 yards including touchdown passes to both Michael Mayer and Logan Diggs. Diggs also took the ball into the end zone on a 5-yard run while Kyren Williams added 2 touchdowns of his own.
The message board fans have been crying out for style points and they finally got what they wanted in this game. The offense was both explosive and efficient with creative play calling from Offensive Coordinator, Tommy Rees. This was the kind of game that was immensely enjoyable especially after so many nail biters at the beginning of the season. Brian Kelly had the knowledge and the patience to allow this team to find itself and that’s exactly what they did against Georgia Tech.
A couple of important notes to remember: 1. Notre Dame has now posted 5 straight 10 win seasons for the FIRST time in program history. 2. The Irish have won 41 straight games against unranked opponents which is the longest active streak in the FBS. 3. Over the past 5 seasons, Notre Dame’s home record is 31-2.
Our final game of the regular season will take place on the West Coast against Stanford University. The game can be seen on Fox at 8:00 PM ET.
Go Irish! Chop Trees!