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Notre Dame pick-six sets sun on Arizona State

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The game was probably all but official when Arizona State decided to allow a Notre Dame punt to roll down to the one-yard line rather than field a fair catch, but Dan Fox‘s interception returned for a touchdown slammed the door shut on the Sun Devils. The pick-six gave Notre Dame a 37-27 lead and victory in the latest edition of the Shamrock Series for the Irish.

This was a far cry from the same Arizona State team we witnessed last weekend destroying USC, turning over the football three times and not being able to take advantage of a night that saw Notre Dame fail to pick up a third-down conversion. The Sun Devils only managed 44 rushing yards while Notre Dame put together 146 yards on the ground. Cam McDaniel was the leading rusher in the game with 82 yards for Notre Dame.

As usual, this game focused on the passing game. Tommy Rees threw three touchdowns and passed for 279 yards despite not being particularly accurate for most of the night. As usual, he had his streaks. Rees was intercepted once  while completing 17 of 38 pass attempts. His counterpart for Arizona State, Taylor Kelly, completed 33 of 47 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted twice. The second was the one to Fox for the late touchdown.

So, what’s next for the Fighting Irish? USC, of course. The rival Trojans will have had a week off to adjust to the changes going on in the program following the firing of Lane Kiffin last weekend. Expect USC to come out with a fresh attitude and approach to the game after making a change on the coaching staff and having time to prepare. The depth concerns on USC’s defense could be exposed by Notre Dame, but USC right now is a bit of a mystery heading in to next week.

Arizona State jumps back in to Pac 12 play with a home game against Colorado next week. Colorado was blown out at home by Oregon. The loss to Notre Dame ultimately does not mean too much as far as Arizona State’s season is concerned. For Arizona state it is all about making a run in the Pac 12. However, we have seen now that Arizona State is quite the streaky team depending on the environment, so it looks as though they are sitting behind UCLA in the Pac 12 South. Arizona State also took a loss a couple of weeks ago at Stanford.

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4 Responses to “Notre Dame pick-six sets sun on Arizona State”
  1. earpaniac says: Oct 6, 2013 12:20 AM

    Honestly thought the Irish would get beat. I certainly didn’t expect this game to be the one where their defense played the way it should’ve been all along. And Tommy, why do you seem to make games were you play fairly well that invite such criticism? It’s like we are just waiting for you to make a mistake. And GA111, you are 220lbs. You have legitimate world-class speed. Stop friggin trying to be Barry Sanders!!

  2. 2late2matter says: Oct 6, 2013 2:27 AM

    Call this an ugly win for ND, as the final score of 37-34 over ASU was certainly no triumph of the year.

    The ASU offense gave up 3 turnovers which were converted for 17 points, and the ND offense gave back 7 points. The ND defense provided the winning margin.

    Not exactly the big-time victory the Irish are remembered for. Good luck the rest of the season playing teams that may ambush the mighty ND duds.

  3. tony34343434 says: Oct 6, 2013 5:58 PM

    yes ND is playing teams like Michigan State and Zona state, while Bama plays divison 3 teams, yes ND is the one with the weak schedule.

  4. 2late2matter says: Oct 7, 2013 8:19 PM

    The mighty Irish have already lost to Michigan and Oklahoma by 25 points, and after squeaking wins over Michigan State and ASU by single field goals – are into their easy mode against teams of a lesser god until the (final week’s) Stanford game. May they remain injury-free up to that last shoot-out.

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