October 6, 2012 - Shamrock Series: Chicago Edition

Every Notre Dame fan was excited about the unexpected 4-0 start and the off week gave them a Saturday to not stress about the performance on the field. The team enjoyed a bit of a break since traveling to Ireland. Manti Te'o and Robby Toma took this opportunity to return to Hawai'i after playing some very inspired football the past two weeks. Fans took this extra time to debate the visual appeal and tradition of the one-off uniforms chosen for this game (see image to right). Most of the outrage stemmed from the non-gold section of the helmet along with the mirrored leprechaun. Ignoring the noise, the team continued on and were followed around by the NFL Films crew. The afternoon leading up to the game NBC aired the special made by NFL Films. If you have not seen the special yet, it can be viewed below and is about 45 minutes.

Once the game began in Soldier Field (where ND had a 9-0-2 record and last played in 1994), it quickly became the Notre Dame show. The most interesting story was Everett Golson being late for a team meeting because he ran late talking with a professor (#NDProblems). Tommy Rees got the start and immediately went three and out. But a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Irish a first down and Golson came in. A steady rushing and passing attack led the team down field for a touchdown. On Miami's first possession, they would be held to a field goal - the first points scored in the first quarter against the Irish defense. But that would be all Miami scored the rest of the game.

A six minute drive led to a 39 yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The next Irish drive lasted seven minutes and a 32 yard field goal by Brindza. The final drive of the half, Notre Dame got the ball with 1:02 left and some expected a kneel to go into halftime. The offense was firing and quickly went 53 yards to get into field goal range. Unfortunately Brindza missed the 34 yard field goal, but the team showed they could quickly move the ball when under pressure.

The third quarter would be the ground run and churn game. Cierre Wood scored a rushing touchdown. The very next Irish drive featured 12 rushing plays in a row (there was not a single pass attempted that drive) capped by a second Wood touchdown. Next drive, George Atkinson broke free for a 55 yard rushing touchdown. The Irish got their next drive in the 4th quarter and the offensive line opened the lanes for Cam McDaniel to rush 11 times for 51 yards (and have a 21 yard catch) to score a touchdown. Brian Kelly made sure to tell the linemen to get McDaniel into the end zone. Notre Dame had four offensive drives in the second half and scored a rushing touchdown on every one of them. Miami had three drives: one lasted 6 plays and punt, one lasted 3 plays and punt, one lasted 14 plays and ended with an incomplete pass on fourth down at the seven yard line.

The final stats would show Notre Dame passing for 211 yards on 26 attempts and rushing for 376 yards on 51 attempts (7.4 ypc). Notre Dame also had the ball twice as long as Miami (39:08 to 20:52). Both Wood and Atkinson ran for over 100 yards (118 and 123). With an all around domination by Notre Dame, this was not a Miami game of old.

       1  2  3  4   F
Miami  3  0  0  0   3
#9 ND  7  6 21  7  41

For the first time since 2002 and the 38th time overall, Notre Dame started the season 5-0.

Keywords: football, miami, shamrock series, chicago, nfl films, dublin, manti teo, robby toma, soldier field, everett golson, tommy rees, kyle brindza, cierre wood, cam mcdaniel, brian kelly

Posted On: 2012-12-06 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07


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