With three ranked opponents down and none on the horizon, the Fighting Irish seem to be sitting pretty. The offense is clicking, the defense is stout. So what’s the greatest danger ahead?
Three Things We Learned about Notre Dame Football in Week 6. . .
1, It’s all starting to line up for Notre Dame
Was that a rainbow I saw on Twitter before Notre Dame took another big step in Blacksburg, Va. on Saturday? Facing what was billed as their most difficult remaining opponent, the Fighting Irish wound up cruising to a 45-23 victory over No. 24 Virginia Tech.
ND led a 17-16 nail-biter at halftime. After opening a 10-0 lead on their first two possessions, its only other first-half score came on a 42-yard fumble return with 1:08 left for a 17-9 lead. The defense gave up a final-minute TD that allowed the Hokies to close the gap.
Throw in the fact that Ian Book wasn’t able to connect on some long throws—and this wasn’t looking like Notre Dame’s best effort. VaTech was looking very determined—and very capable of spoiling ND’s plans..
Then came that 97-yard TD run by Dexter Williams, followed by a 40-yard TD pass from Book to Miles Boykin in a dominant third quarter—and the Irish were firmly in command.
After scoring 70 points in their first three games, the Irish have basically doubled that (139) in their last three games.
The way the Virginia Tech game played out might have made the win all the more impressive. On a night when it didn’t have its A game for long stretches, ND found a way to prevail in a very hostile environment. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.