When we peel away the obvious—that Miami not only was flat-out better, and that Notre Dame was not ready for this big a stage—what did we learn from the Hurricanes’ 41-8 blitz of the Irish?

Start with the most important: Speed kills.

Notre Dame couldn’t block Miami’s quicker defense. Which meant it couldn’t run.

I thought the Irish, with Josh Adams running behind a line that features two likely first-round NFL draft picks, would impose their will on the ground.

Nope.

Notre Dame managed only 109 rushing yards on 36 carries, including just 40 yards on 16 carries from Josh Adams, who had gained at least 60 yards on a single rush in six of ND’s wins. Maybe Adams, who had some kind of mystery headache problem last week, wasn’t 100 percent. The Irish weren’t going there, though. Let’s just give the Miami defense the credit. A ton of credit.

What the absence of a running game meant was, the Irish had to lean too hard on their first-year quarterback, Brandon Wimbush. And that was a recipe for disaster. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.