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Opposition round-up: Week three

Sep 17, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

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Let’s take a quick jog through the Irish schedule and see how Notre Dame’s past and future opponents did in week three.

NAVY — It looks like it might be another tough season in Annapolis, with Ken Niumatalolo’s squad turning the ball over four times against Penn State to give Bill O’Brien his first win. Quarterback Trey Miller, still nursing an ankle injury he suffered against Notre Dame, completed only 6 of 13 passes and only gained 21 yards on 18 carries. The Midshipmen outgained Penn State, but still were down 34-0 before scoring a late touchdown.

Trending: It’s not a surprise that Navy started 0-2 against Notre Dame and Penn State. How ugly it’s been might be though.

PURDUE — The Boilermakers rolled over Eastern Michigan 54-16, putting up 576 yards of offense against a MAC squad that has yet to win a game. Caleb TerBush completed 16 of his 24 passes with two touchdowns, but did throw a pick-six to give the Eagles one of their scores. Danny Hope’s squad ran for an impressive 392 yards on 42 carries and six touchdowns, emptying the backfield as the Boilermakers pulled away after EMU pulled to within four points in the middle of the second quarter.

Trending: A nice bounce back win for the Boilermakers, who have to feel good about themselves heading into Big Ten play.

No. 17 MICHIGAN — The Wolverines feasted on former Irish offensive coordinator Charley Molnar’s UMass squad, rolling to an easy 63-13 victory that featured another big game by Denard Robinson. The senior quarterback threw for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns while running for 106 yards on 10 carries. Still, the Minutemen gained 259 yards against Michigan, 100 more than they did against Indiana. (UConn held UMass to a paltry 59 yards.) Of course, the Wolverines face the Irish this Saturday, a better status check than any cupcake.

Trending: It’s clear the Wolverines are a flawed team on both lines, but they still have the ultimate wild card in Robinson. This status update will become clear Saturday night.

MIAMI — It appears that the Duke Johnson era at Miami has officially started, with the talented freshman running back scoring by ground, by air, and via kick return against Bethune-Cookman. The 38-10 win was a nice rebound after being embarrassed by Kansas State, but the Wildcats — the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats — ran for 233 yards against the Hurricanes, leaving plenty of questions about Al Golden’s defense.

Trending: Anything is better than what happened in Manhattan, but there’s still plenty of work to do for the ‘Canes.

No. 9 STANFORD — And the victory of the week goes to David Shaw’s Cardinal, who punched USC in the mouth and beat up the Trojans on the way to their fourth straight victory over Southern Cal. After only sliding by San Jose State in their season opener, Stanford sacked Matt Barkley five times, held the Trojans ground game to just 26 yards on 28 carries, and limited the vaunted USC aerial attack to 254 yards on 41 passes with two interceptions. Consider the blueprint to beat USC, especially without starting center Khalid Holmes, written.

Trending: It’s a huge jump up in the rankings for the Cardinal, who are also breaking in a new quarterback. A terrific win for coach David Shaw, who is emerging quite nicely from the shadow of Jim Harbaugh.

BYU — A fourth quarter comeback and two shots at a game-tying field goal wasn’t enough for BYU, who lost their Holy War with in-state rival Utah. The defeat drops the Cougars out of the top 25 and casts some doubts on the BYU ground game, which struggled against a Utah team that suffered an embarrassing defeat to Utah State. Riley Nelson and Cody Hoffman hooked up eight times for 120 yards and a touchdown, but kicker Riley Stephenson had a 51-yard field goal attempt blocked at the end of the game, but incredibly got another chance to make it after Utah’s students rushed the field before the play was blown dead. Stephenson then kicked the next attempt off the left upright, preserving the win for Kyle Wittingham.

Trending: A tough loss for BYU, who have to rebound quickly before facing Boise State on Thursday, then face Hawaii, Utah State, and Oregon State before heading to South Bend.

No. 6 OKLAHOMA — The Sooners took the week off from facing cupcakes to prepare for its first Big 12 opponent, No. 15 Kansas State. We’ll know much more about Landry Jones and company after they face off with Bill Snyder’s Wildcats in Norman this weekend.

Trending: Holding steady. First true look comes this Saturday.

PITTSBURGH — Paul Chryst’s first victory at Pitt was a big one, with the Panthers knocking off Frank Beamer’s No. 13 Virginia Tech squad after looking hapless in their first two games. Tailback Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns, but freshman Rushel Shell burst onto the scene with 157 yards to surprise the Hokies. Quarterback Tino Sunseri battled through a leg injury and found jumbo wideout Mike Shanahan five times for 111 yards and a game-clinching touchdown. The Panthers intercepted Tech QB Logan Thomas three times to help spring the upset.

Trending: Huge victory after looking pretty bad in convincing losses to Youngstown State and Cincinnati.

BOSTON COLLEGE — The Eagles will have Saturday off before their huge road test against Clemson next Saturday. Frank Spaziani’s troops managed a victory over Maine, but lost in a shootout to Miami before coming up short against Northwestern 22-13 on Saturday. Quarterback Chase Rettig has looked solid, but the Boston College ground game has only managed to run for 95 yards a game so far this season. The Eagles defense managed to keep Northwestern out of the end zone until the 4th quarter, even while giving up 560 yards of offense and 34 first downs.

Trending: With BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo retiring, there might not be a hotter seat in college football than Frank Spaziani’s.

WAKE FOREST — It was a Saturday to forget for Jim Grobe and his Demon Deacons, getting bludgeoned by Florida State 52-0 on Saturday after the Seminoles ran for 385 yards against a Wake Forest defense that was without Nikita Whitlock. After sneaking out an opening win against Liberty and rallying to beat North Carolina, The Deacs were held to just seven first downs and 126 total yards, with the Seminoles defense just overwhelming the rebuilt Wake Forest offensive line.

Trending: Clearly a step backwards, though I think most Wake Forest fans would be happy with being 2-1 right now. Three straight against Army, Duke and Maryland might help Grobe’s squad get their confidence back.

No. 13 USC — The Trojans found out the difference between being the hunter and the hunted on Saturday night, with the No. 2 ranked Trojans the first of the big-three atop college football to fall. While the star power certainly exists at USC, all the signs were there, especially with the offensive line in shambles after Khalid Holmes went down with an ankle injury. The Cardinal’s Stephan Taylor ran for 153 yards and the Trojans were held scoreless for the game’s final 41 minutes.

Trending: A huge step backwards for USC, who is learning that a football team is only as good as its weakest unit. On Saturday, the Trojans couldn’t run the ball, block, or kick a field goal. There’s plenty of season left, but expect the Trojans’ opponents to follow the script Stanford wrote.

  1. onebigloadofcrap - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    want to know what is gonna’ happen rest of the year? here’s some incite:

    ND 33 Michigan 22
    ND 28 Stanford 20
    ND 29 BYU 20

    more later fellows … take it to the bank

    • 808raiderinparadise - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Thank Keith … nice segment going for bloggers to keep an eye on what ND accomplished and whats yet to come ….

      Shocking to see such talent and depth on a ND d-line …. the players are HUGE and fast and the defense is elite.

      Golson needs to get some better plays to match his skill-set on 3rd downs and this team can ignote.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Barkley couldn’t even adopt if he wanted to last weekend.

        Ouch, that was kinda bad, sorry.

  2. don74 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    It’s hard to tell what any team can or will do based on pre season nonsense. New players and coaching changes influence early season games and injuries always play a factor.

    All I know is Big Blue is in town Saturday night and they are the only team mentioned that matters. Beat Michigan and everything else falls into place.

    This will be an interesting night. I think our inexperienced secondary with a lot of speed will do better than last year’s edition that had less speed.

    • onebigloadofcrap - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      i agree donald … i really do … do you think brown will catch some passes?

      • don74 - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        yep. I think he’s going to be in the rotation with Daniels. Kelly mentioned before the first game he was putting together receiver rotations. It seems like opponent, injuries and game plan define the role.

  3. NotreDan - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    WOW what a difference 3 weeks make.

    Denard scares me. We had them beat last year, then gave it back. I think ND is a different team this year (better) and I think the Wolverines are different too (worse). My gut says we win, but I can’t be sure.

    Stanford… huge jump forward. I’m glad we have some time to see more of them before they play ND.

    Oklahoma is who I’ll be most keenly interested in this week.

    Living 30 minutes from Ann Arbor, you will see one EXCITED IRISHMAN if our team beats UM, so get ready.

    GO IRISH!! Beat Michigan!

    • 9irish - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Dan, I lived right IN A2, back in the Willingham years…and I had Ohio plates on my car. That was fun. Pretty nice people up there, though. Lived about a mile from the stadium, off of Eisenhower.

      • NotreDan - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        9 – yeah A2 is a cool town, some great eats there.

        My wife is a Wolverine fan, so we actually tailgate up there quite a bit. It’s funny, we actually prefer to pack it in and drive home while everyone else is going in. Can see games better at home (and cheaper too!)

        I have to say, when I wore my green #5 ND Jersey and my red ND signal callers cap to Costco on Sunday… I got a few dirty looks! Hehe.

    • rambler09 - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      I live in Ann Arbor and am a medical student at Michigan. I’ve been at the last three games and have had to hear about each of them. The arrogance around here can be unbearable. It’d be nice to be able to come back Monday morning with my head held high. I hope we absolutely embarrass them and take them out of the running for anything important. Go Irish!

      • 9irish - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Good grief….not only lost 3 to them we GAVE 3 to them! that’s the hard part. And they are cordial, just kinda snobby. Got to be on the field for the flag raising against Penn State. That is a, er, big place.
        Ann Arbor, beautiful summers, crappy winters…I don’t miss running in a mist with a 25 mph headwind.

        Go Irish

  4. ndfaithful - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Thanks Keith! I’m glad you write these articles. I enjoy finding out how the Irish opponents fair each week.

    aAs an interesting side note, Another publication I follow pointed out that former Irish WR Deion Walker made strong showing in the UMass / Michigan game. They pointed out his NFL potential. Hopefully that bodes well for the chances for Irish receivers that managed to get ahead of him at ND.

    I’m from the Pittsburgh area and it was good to see Pittsburgh bounce back strong. No, not because I root for them, but because they have some talent and usually sneak up on somebody every year. At least this way, the Irish coaching staff can show the guys at ND what Pitt is capable of.

    I was actually bummed when USC didn’t pull it out because I hoped we’d get a chance to spoil their season. Stanford beat us to it.

    Keep up the great work!

    • seadomer - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      I know what you mean, I wanted ND to do that …. BUT
      if they climb back and beat Oregon (if possible) and THEN
      we slap them down again, that will be the highlight of my year.

  5. bernhtp - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    B&G has a similar article:

    Let’s shut down Michigan for one more quarter than last year. Louis Nix needs to sit in Denard’s lap on an early play.

    Don: “I think our inexperienced secondary with a lot of speed will do better than last year’s edition that had less speed.” I think I agree. So far the kids have been doing well. Given the pass-heavy MSU offense, due to their inability to run through Tuitt-Nix-KLM, I expected them to burn our youngster a few times, but they never did. Instead, they kept on sticking close to receivers and breaking up anything thrown their way.

    • dudeacow - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Nix to Robinson- “I WILL SIT ON YOU.”

    • don74 - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      I guess I watch too much pro ball to realize the defenders in college can touch the receivers before the ball is in the air. Didn’t make the connection until Kelly talked about the LB’s playing tighter coverage…hands on I think he said, and yesterday’s discussion with the replacement refs….because they came from college they allow defenders to touch the receivers beyond 5 yards.

      Of course I do not have tapes or any “facts” (why should that stop any of us) but it seems the young guys have the ability to backpeddle, turn and run with the receiver. It seems in years past the db’s were trying to close a gap when the ball was in the air.

      I am optimistic and am excited my one trip to a game this year is this week.

  6. zorichmidriff - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    How’s Denard preformed against good defenses? Hmmm…. Right…. So completely over this guy, his hair, his shoelaces, his lack of arm, his inability to see over center… Please, CRUSH this pretender.

    • dmac4real - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Yet has the ability to dominate ND three years in a row….Hes a phenomenal athlete and always gives off the vibe that hes a great guy as well. No need to rip him….

      • zorichmidriff - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Well OK. You guys can go get ice cream together. I’ll be calling for his head on Saturday.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        DMAC … completely agree … everyone can try to say he only this/that … can’t throw … blah, blah, blah … kid is a good guy and amazing runner … he gets a small block and he makes it a 8-12 yard run into the next level … you miss that tackle in the 2nd level and he is gone. Plain and simple you need to bottle him up inside and force him to throw.

        Albeit our D looks elite and up to the task finally…. but that kid has torched us in the past. Sadly even with his arm … somehow?

      • dmac4real - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        Good to see classless fans still exist….

  7. dudeacow - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I get giddy every time I think about how USC won’t go to championship now (probably). The only bad thing about that game is that Stanford is scary now.
    If we contain Robinson, we beat Michigan. Period( .)
    Miami still looks easy.
    Stanford is scary but Taylor is their only weapon and running it against ND won’t work. Ask MSU.
    BYU looks easier THANKFULLY. I was so certain we would lose to them.
    Oklahoma did really poorly this week with 0 yards of total offense.
    Pitt. I have no idea how this will go, I have to see more of them.
    BC is still easy.
    Wake Forest is still easy.
    USC is still really hard but maybe, just maybe, we won’t get creamed. (or better yet, win!)

    • 9irish - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      The Heisman went down the crapper for them, too. That’s another one for ND for the future, hopefully. USC and Ohio State have caught up.

    • papadec - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM

      usc isn’t going anywhere with losses to Stanford, Oregon, ND and possibly ucla.

  8. jerseyshorendfan1 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    It will be sweet to beat the Wolverines this week, particularly sweet because we can end their season in week 4.

    • bernhtp - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      I don’t want just a win, but a completely humiliating beat down. It is overdue.

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Sep 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        Concur. My prediction for this week is ND by two TDs and DRob is sacked and leaves the game in the 2d Q.

      • yllibnosredna - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        Call me a bad sport and unethical, but I would absolutely love to see Denard taken off the field in a stretcher after being mauled time and again by our front seven just after we’ve removed the horseshoe from up his ass. I want to see Notre Dame pay him and scUM back in a big, big way. Let’s hurt the guy badly…Great athlete, but I truly loathe him, and really would love to see Michigan exposed once again as the paper tiger they’ve been for the past two seasons. Let’s get it done this year, boys!! Go ND!!!

      • seadomer - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:32 AM

        I’m with you, if possible 42-13.
        @yllib…, I understand your loathe, we wanna Nix him, Tuitt him and Te’O him out but we want the whole Michigan team present at the end.

        Keys to this game, Michigan must not score at all in the 4th quarter.

        Also my predictive score, although a little reaching is not unrealistic and has a lot of meaning which we’ll talk abt after game.

      • ndfaithful - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        OK yllibnosredna,
        you asked for it. You’re a bad sport and unethical.

  9. packhawk04 - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Can the irish actually beat denard robinson?

    • onebigloadofcrap - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      why i oughtta POUND you /…of course they can, and WILL

    • 9irish - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      I still wish they had Tate Forcier. I wished him football physical harm….little punk.

      • zorichmidriff - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        Ha ha ha. The FARCE. What a thrill it was to watch that pocket Hercules orchestrate a last minute drive to beat our Irish… again. And then, of course, the announcers anointing The Farce as the second-coming of Fran Tarkenton.

    • 1historian - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      I sure hope so – this is their last chance

  10. ndgoldandblue - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Going into this week against Michigan, I feel much better now about Notre Dame’s chances of beating the Wolverines than I did after the Purdue game. I agree that one game could be considered a fluke, but three games of pretty great defense? That’s a trend and something we can expect throughout the rest of the year. I think this defense, even with all that youth in the secondary, is going to keep the Irish in games if the offense sputters.

    Now, my feeling about the Michigan game is similar to the feeling I had before the Purdue game. I expect the Irish to win, but they could lose if they don’t play their A game or if they psyche themselves out. When I say don’t play their A game, I mean that both sides of the ball have to play poorly. I still think that the Irish can win with a so-so offensive performance and a good defensive performance (see Michigan State), or vice-versa. I think the only way the Irish lose is if both the offense and defense play poorly in chunks, like last year’s game. Great offense, but way too many turnovers. Great defense for three quarters but an abysmal fourth quarter. If at least one side of the ball doesn’t s$@% the bed, the Irish can (and probably will) win.

    The only other solution that I can think of is what BK talked about after the game on Saturday. I think the Irish psyched themselves out before the USC game last year, and it was apparent on the field. Too many distractions and too much publicity. I think the Irish got themselves back in the top 25. The ND players did a lot of talking before the game. It was the first night game at ND in a long time. There was the piped-in music to create “atmosphere”. And then there was the recruitapalooza that BK and staff did to try to bring in some blue-chip players. To quote a line from my wife’s favorite TV show, Sex and the City, “I’m taking Stevie to the zoo.” “This is the zoo!” That’s what I thought–it was just one big zoo, or circus.

    From the sound of it, BK and staff have learned a little bit from last year. They’re telling their players (and themselves) to tune out the noise and just focus on Michigan. They’re not paying attention to the hype because they know that they’ve got a lot to work on. Frankly, coming from a fan’s standpoint, I’d like to see more production out of the offense, in general, and the O-line, in particular. But so would Coach Kelly. That’s why I think we’re going to see a very focused team this Saturday, a team determined to be physical and push around Michigan’s D-line, which has not been stellar. By the way, Michigan’s O-line has been pretty unsatisfactory as well from what I’ve been reading. Let’s take it to the skunk bears on Saturday. Go Irish!

    • oldestguard - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      You bring up some very points which I fully agree with.

      Oh do we owe this Mich. team, in particular, a solid azz-kicking !

      I may just drive down on Saturday and hit up a scalper for this one – got those leprauchaun eeba-jeebas going again and have to be there – in person.

    • irish4006 - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Our offense will likely get better as the season progresses. Golson is learning and has a lot of good players around him.

      I agree with you on the points you made about pshyching themselves out of games. It used to be a regular in the Charlie Weis days and we still suffer from it. Remember how he would be using different “motivational technique” on the players during the week? It starts from the top and BK has been saying all the right things. I hope the ranking doesn’t get to our players’ head and we lay an egg as a result. Only when they get used to being ranked high and taking care of business on gameday regardless of who the opponents are, we will see consistent effort (and result) on the field.

      Michigan is still Michigan and Denard is still one of the most dangerous athletes in all of college football who found a way to beat ND multiple times. We can certainly win, but we have to bring our A game to the table.

      On a lighter note, something (hint, hint: your ability to quote on demand) tells me that Sex and the City is not just the wife’s favorite…

  11. ndunbound - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Anyone know where I can find a replay of the ND-State game online?

    What about catching ND games on radio via smartphone? I have the right stations (WGN, WSBT) on the TuneIn app, but the games don’t stream.

    Thanks for any tips. And ND WILL beat the skunks this year. Beat ’em bad.

  12. kansasirish - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    If you can log on to espn 3 you can catch the replay……just watched today over lunch.

    Good luck.

    GO IRISH!!!!! Beat the tar out of Michigan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. seadomer - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    No, don’t knock out shoelace, I really want him to play thru, feel a couple sacks and a Te’o classic when he tries …. oh please try and run… then it will be a complete win.
    If our team comes with the same intensity, we can shut this down.

  14. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Here’s your week four…

    Thursday — BYU @ Boise State — 8pm on ESPN
    Friday — Baylor @ Louisian-Monroe — 7pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Missouri @ South Carolina — 2:30pm on CBS
    Saturday — Temple @ Penn State — 2:30pm on ABC
    Saturday — Kansas State @ Oklahoma — 6:30pm on Fox
    Saturday — Michigan @ Notre Dame — 6:30pm on NBC
    Saturday — Clemson @ Florida State — 7pm on ABC
    Saturday — Virginia @ TCU — 11am on ESPN
    Saturday — Bowling Green @ Virginia Tech — 11am on ESPNU
    Saturday — UTEP @ Wisconsin — 11am on ESPN2
    Saturday — East Carolina @ North Carolina — 2:30pm on ESPNU
    Saturday — Oregon State @ UCLA — 2:30pm on ESPN2
    Saturday — LSU @ Auburn — 6pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Rutgers @ Arkansas — 6pm on ESPNU
    Saturday — Vanderbilt @ Georgia — 7pm on ESPN2
    Saturday — Arizona @ Oregon — 9:30pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Ole Miss @ Tulane — 11am on FoxSportsRegional
    Saturday — Central Mich. @ Iowa — 11am on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — Idaho State @ Nebraska — 2:30pm on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — Louisiana Tech @ Illinois — 7pm on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — Nevada @ Hawaii — 9:30pm on NBCSN
    Saturday — Colorado @ Washington St. — 10pm on FX
    Saturday — UAB @ Ohio St. — 11am on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — South Dakota @ Northwestern — 2:30pm on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — East. Michigan @ Michigan State — 2:30pm on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — Syracuse @ Minnesota — 7pm on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — Maryland @ West Virginia — 11am on FX

    • dudeacow - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Thanks, but I have to ask you- what order do you put the games in?

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        normally, i sort them chronologically (date, then time), but i forgot to sort before i posted. Also, as mentioned in previous weeks, all above times are CST.

  15. runners00 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Blog: a website that an online personal journal with reflections, comments and hyperlinks provided by the writer.
    Blogger: someone who runs a blog. Keith is the blogger.
    Poster: someone who posts comments on the blogger’s blog. We are posters. We are also commenters.

    To that end: I think that our defense played very well against Michigan State. We shut down Bell. We got to the receiver Mumphrey and handled the freshman quarterback, too.

    But remember how we felt after the Purdue game? We played okay. But on offense we struggled against a powerful defensive line. We didn’t run the ball effectively and we didn’t throw too well, either. Against State, we played fairly well on offense and just dominated on defense.

    Michigan is different. The quality of play is higher — at least at the quarterback position. I think we’ll be able to move the ball — again, assuming our offensive line stays healthy and plays well — because their defense is not nearly as tough as Michigan State’s defense. And they have quite a few offensive linemen who are freshmen or sophomores.

    But they’ll be pumped to come into our house on a Saturday night and try to knock us out. We have to be ready. We’ve come too far to let down.

  16. gpatton90 - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I hate to rain on the Ben Turk parade, but his inconsistency is still killing me. One of his two 50+ yard punts was actaully a lousy punt that toook quite a fortuitous bounce. Additionally, if you average about 42 yards and have 2 50+ yarders, then you certainly had a fair share of short ones. Before his two bombs, I was cursing his name as twice I watched him punt from the ND 40 and 45 yard lines and manage 32 and 38 yards. A punt to the opponenent 18 yard line when you kick from your own 45 is nice for the “inside the 20” stat line, but is not indicative of a good punt. Give me a consistent 43 yards and I’ll be happy. I will acknowledge the punt downed at around the 5, which was a thing of beauty.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Punting is boring.


      Musburger: ” I’ll give you one guess Herbie”

      When comparing all forner ND football players who played in the NFL, who has the worst yds/punt average IN NFL games?

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