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Notre Dame rallies, then holds on against BYU

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Saturday’s game against BYU was considered a trap game for No. 5 Notre Dame with a trip to Oklahoma coming up next week. Indeed, the Irish nearly fell victim to an upset that would have inflicted a blow to their BCS championship hopes.

But a George Atkinson touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Notre Dame a 17-14 lead. That’s where the score would stay until the end of the game. It wasn’t sexy, but Notre Dame is still undefeated.

Last year’s starter at quarterback, Tommy Rees, started over Everett Golson (concussion) and had a modest 7-of-16 day for 117 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Notre Dame relied heavily on the run, keeping it on the ground 43 times for 270 yards. Both Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood went over the 100-yard mark.

Next week’s game in Norman will be the Irish’s toughest test of the season and this offense has struggled the past couple of weeks. Once again, the Notre Dame D may be called upon again to win in a low-scoring game.

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35 Responses to “Notre Dame rallies, then holds on against BYU”
  1. kiopta1 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:29 PM

    Go Irish. But that O needs to play better and smarter than they did today. D played great outside of some dumb penalties and a short field due to OFF turnover.

  2. gatorprof says: Oct 20, 2012 7:40 PM

    5 loss SEC team best case scenario.

  3. BrownsTown says: Oct 20, 2012 7:46 PM

    And 8.9 GPA in an SEC school worst case scenario. Not sure how you get the extra points. Probably for not using a crayon to fill out a test.

  4. gatorprof says: Oct 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    BrownsTown,

    Great point to make on a football board!

  5. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    Aw, BrownsTown … can’t you just be happy the Buckeyes are undefeated?

  6. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 8:00 PM

    Hey, gatorprof …

    You know Florida outranks Ohio State academically. But shhh, don’t tell BrownsTown. I’m not sure he could take it ;)

  7. zemaniak says: Oct 20, 2012 8:04 PM

    Last time i checked, so are the Irish

    Good luck against the Tide gatorboy, you’ll need it

  8. gatorprof says: Oct 20, 2012 8:06 PM

    Deb,
    ;)

    We are also pretty happy with our new coach…not as many arrests and the kids play hard. Also, no more drama queen stuff.

    I hope that we get to play in the title game again. Don’t think we are quite up to Bama’s level just yet, but it would be a great test. Need to focus and get there first.

  9. zemaniak says: Oct 20, 2012 8:14 PM

    You’re right
    Let’s hope ND is up to the task against the Sooners
    Go Irish! Practice HARD this week!

  10. manchestermiracle says: Oct 20, 2012 8:16 PM

    A three point win over BYU at home? Not very impressive.

  11. imaduffer says: Oct 20, 2012 8:17 PM

    Must be a pretty boring Alabama game when you see Tide fans already making post.

  12. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 8:33 PM

    @imaduffer …

    It’s halftime ;)

    Besides, I usually DVR so I can fast-forward through ads. Although that can be problematic with the NFL because they post real-time updates on facebook LOL

  13. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 8:34 PM

    Actually, imaduffer, Tennessee is giving us a hard time.

  14. 10of14 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:41 PM

    What’s impressive is 7-0 and every team faces a game like the BYU game and though not impressive, they got the win against a solid defense. Unless you are a 7-0 fan against descent competition (count out tOSU), you have no room to talk.

  15. nepo784 says: Oct 20, 2012 9:04 PM

    OVERRATED… Couldn’t hold the jock of the worst team in the SEC

  16. frank booth says: Oct 20, 2012 9:09 PM

    nepo784 says:Oct 20, 2012 9:04 PM

    OVERRATED… Couldn’t hold the jock of the worst team in the SEC
    ==================================
    Notre Dame is overrated, but they can beat several teams in the SEC. SEC fans need to get over themselves a bit; and the whole SEC fan thing is getting old. Seems like the better SEC teams have their own fans, but if you pull for a crappy team in the SEC, you’re an SEC fan. It’s a nice way to hedge if you suck, but it has become boring and just makes SEC fans look like moronic rednecks.

  17. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 9:18 PM

    @frank …

  18. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 9:20 PM

    @frank booth …

    Taylor has pretty much banned me from commenting on all new articles. Doesn’t pay to criticize his videos. So give my best to all. And if Bama loses … congrats to the winners for me. Take care.

  19. frank booth says: Oct 20, 2012 9:41 PM

    Deb says:Oct 20, 2012 9:20 PM

    @frank booth …

    Taylor has pretty much banned me from commenting on all new articles. Doesn’t pay to criticize his videos. So give my best to all. And if Bama loses … congrats to the winners for me. Take care.
    ==================================
    I hope that’s not the case because that would be vindictive and gutless. I commented on those videos as well but that hasn’t happened to me. If that’s what is going on, I’m sorry to hear that. Sounds silly to me- it’s just a football board, shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

  20. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 9:50 PM

    My posts have been blocked on his threads all day. When I commented about it on another of Ben’s threads, my posts were blocked on Ben’s next article. It could be because of the video. But he also pulled one of my posts from a thread yesterday, and I commented on the hypocrisy of pulling a football post while leaving up insults about my sex life. I’m sure that didn’t go over well, either. Life isn’t easy for an outspoken woman :)

  21. imaduffer says: Oct 20, 2012 10:46 PM

    @Deb,

    There is nothing wrong with being an outspoken women. The problem is the part of the USA that you live in. Most of the posters seem to be from the south. And from my understanding, they don’t have a whole lot of respect for the another gender.

  22. polegojim says: Oct 20, 2012 11:21 PM

    Oh… imaduffer… Actually, I find women in general… including outspoken women like Deb… do just fine holding their own in the ‘Deep South’.

    Now, Damn Yankee’s on the other hand… ; )

  23. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 11:26 PM

    @imaduffer …

    It depends. My dad came from a rinky-dink town in the hills of Alabama, where the women wait on the men hand and foot. He married a Southern girl who grew up the same, but they lived and worked as partners. My opinion was valued as much as my brothers. It was always expected that we’d both go to college and have careers. My brother married another lawyer–both lawyers. They live and work as partners, too.

    There’s truth in what you say, but I didn’t grow up in that kind of home. And most of the Southern men in my circle–older, my age, and younger–treat my opinions in politics, football, religion, business, etc., respectfully. It’s easier in person, though, because my words come with a smile and don’t seem as harsh as they sometimes do on the page.

  24. irishdodger says: Oct 20, 2012 11:27 PM

    Wow, an ND article w/ nothing but SEC fans posting. Must be a slow day for the SEC to post on a topic involving an irrelevant team.

  25. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 11:27 PM

    @polegojim …

    You’re so funny! Besides … none of that helps me with John Taylor. He’s from Ohio :(

  26. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 11:28 PM

    irishdodger …

    I have to sneak in here … my options are limited. When did ND become irrelevant??? Definitely not today :)

  27. tuckfexas says: Oct 21, 2012 12:02 AM

    OU is going to do things to this ND team that they haven’t experienced since they were choir boys.

  28. tuckfexas says: Oct 21, 2012 1:11 AM

    Deb, ND had been irrelevant for what….about the last 10+ years?

  29. 1historian says: Oct 21, 2012 8:04 AM

    Q: Once you get out of the neighborhood where you got the degree, is there anyone out there who actually believes a degree from an SEC school would go as far as a degree from Notre Dame, which had a 99% graduation rate among its student-athletes last year?

  30. WingT says: Oct 21, 2012 8:07 AM

    ND has definitely shown improvement this year. They are playing solid football but may need a couple of years to build up the roster to compete for a NC.

  31. frank booth says: Oct 21, 2012 9:26 AM

    1historian says:Oct 21, 2012 8:04 AM

    Q: Once you get out of the neighborhood where you got the degree, is there anyone out there who actually believes a degree from an SEC school would go as far as a degree from Notre Dame, which had a 99% graduation rate among its student-athletes last year?
    ==================================
    A: Who cares? Take it over to College Football Academic Talk.

    Q: How many Notre Dame alumni does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    A: One. Hold it up, and the world just revolves around you.

  32. Deb says: Oct 22, 2012 9:48 AM

    Well, fellas, it turns out that John Taylor didn’t ban me from posting on his articles after all. For some strange and bizarre reason the computer allowed me to post on Ben’s articles but not on John’s. Since we’d had an unpleasant interaction re the Notre Dame video last week and he didn’t respond to my inquiries, I thought he’d excluded me from his articles. We’ve finally discussed, and he’s turning the mystery over to NBC tech.

    Just another weird day in cyberspace. Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully, I’ll have the full run of the place soon :)

  33. getsome99 says: Oct 23, 2012 12:40 AM

    Notre Dame irrelevant? $100M+ per year is hardly irrelevant.

  34. openseason51 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:36 PM

    ND. vs SEC athletics. Leaders vs janitors. What school do you want to go to? NFL players = SEC. NFL players retired = broke within 3.5 years. ND = millionaires who don’t go broke after they retire in 3.5 years.
    ND IQ = 150? SEC IQ = 88.

  35. Deb says: Oct 23, 2012 5:21 PM

    @openseason51 …

    Wanna bet? That’s a ridiculous generalization, which only demonstrates your IQ challenges, not anyone else’s.

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