Still, NC State’s defense managed to limit Notre Dame to 113 yards of offense on 64 plays.
After the recent events in the region, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and NC State weren’t sure if they were going to play this week due to Hurricane Matthew.
Injury report: Notre Dame starting right guard Colin McGovern (ankle) is probable, as is reserve halfback Tarean Folston (ankle). Plus, the Trojans are Notre Dame’s top rival, so you know they will be up for that game.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer, who is McShay’s No. 1 quarterback and No. 18 overall prospect, spoke after McGlinchey on Wednesday but wouldn’t entertain draft questions when pressed, saying his focus is on this season. But drops by receivers Equanimeous St.
On the offense, Notre Dame football averages 327.8 yards in passing and 167.6 yards in rushing.
“But we’ve got candidates to be productive, and it’s just like a year ago we didn’t know 100 percent where our scoring was going to come from either”.
Now, Notre Dame still has an explosive offense, today’s meltdown in the mud notwithstanding.
“They’re doing less, and they’re doing it better”, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. “They’ve got really, really talented football players on that football team; highly, highly recruited players”. Irish players said they were able to play faster because the scheme was simpler.
We’re thinking playing in a hurricane wasn’t the best idea for either team. Losing games like those has just never been acceptable at Notre Dame. Those numbers may need to be taken with a grain of salt, but still, Wolfpack fans were clearly determined to see the Fighting Irish.
And two of their losses were to Texas, on the road, and to Michigan State. He made his debut against Syracuse last Saturday, less than a week after defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was sacked.
N.C. State spokesman Fred Demarest says the start of the third quarter of Saturday’s game was held up after a lightning strike was reported within 15 miles of the stadium. Kizer was sacked five times. And while the only tangible evidence of Hudson’s impact to the outside world has been a 50-33 win over Syracuse in his debut, he has certainly carried a presence about himself inside the Irish football complex. Kevin Stepherson had 54 yards and a touchdown.
For most of the game, field goals by N.C. State’s Kyle Bambard (38 yards) and Notre Dame’s Justin Yoon (40) were the only scoring plays. QB Ryan Finley who completed almost 73 percent of his passes in four games was just 5 of 12 for 27 yards with a rating of 60.6. “How many times you get the football and how many times you get points on the scoreboard”. “We’re taking baby steps and there’s a lot of room for growth”. It was the first time the Irish didn’t score in a first half since the 2012 national championship game against Alabama.
“We had some guys grow up”, Finley said after the Wake Forest game. But the weather factor comes down to one thing, which team allows it to be a factor. After fumbling on its next possession, Notre Dame would get one more chance.