November 17, 2012 - The Seniors Bookend Their Career

Returning back home for Senior Day, the Irish would meet and over matched Wake Forest team. The final score would read ND 38-0 with 584 yards for Notre Dame and 209 for Wake. The team would waste no time starting the Senior Show. Cierre Wood would take an option pitch 68 yards for the first touchdown less than two minutes into the game. Irish 7-0. Carlo Calabrese would force a fumble, Zeke Motta would recover, and Tyler Eifert would catch the ensuing touchdown pass. Irish 14-0. After a quick punt, John Goodman would catch a 50-yard touchdown pass. Irish 21-0, ten minutes into the game. All three scores and pivotal plays would be performed by seniors.

The rest of the game played out as one might expect. 34-yard touchdown pass to TJ Jones. 25-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. George Atkinson rush for a touchdown. Wake Forest would not cross midfield until their last drive which started at their own 48. By the end of the game, the bench would be emptied and everyone (just about) would see a play in their last home game. The seniors ended their careers at Notre Dame Stadium the same way it began, by shutting out their opponent.

Perhaps style points suddenly mattered if it was going to be a three-way struggle of unbeatens. Notre Dame had 23 first downs to 9, 584 yards to 209. As fans returned home and turned on their television, they would be greated with #2 Kansas State losing to unranked Baylor 52-24. Not long after, #14 Stanford would beat #1 Oregon 17-14 in overtime at Oregon. The next day, Notre Dame would once again be ranked number one and the style points would not matter.

       1  2  3  4   F
   WF  0  0  0  0   0
#3 ND 21 10  7  0  38

For the first time since 1989 and the 4th time overall, Notre Dame started the season 11-0. For the 306th time, and first time since the Nevada game in 2009, Notre Dame shutout their opponent. And finally, for the first time since 1998, Notre Dame went undefeated at home.

Editor's Note: The above rankings for Kansas State, Oregon, and Stanford reflect their AP Rankings at the time (2/1/14 resp.) and not their BCS Rankings (1/2/13 resp.).

Keywords: football, wake forest, nevada, cierre wood, carlo calabrese, zeke motta, tyler eifert, john goodman, kansas state, oregon, stanford

Posted On: 2013-02-02 06:53:16 by IrishTrpt07


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