Ian Book, Notre Dame blew out New Mexico over the weekend
Written by: Joseph Mooney
The Fightin’ Irish looked to be going on all cylinders during their home opener against the Lobos. Senior, Ian Book threw a career high 5 passing touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown in a 66-14 victory.
After a struggling performance in Week 1, the team seemed to work out all the kinks on Saturday. Although Ian Book stole the show and the offense tightened everything up, the defense deserves a lot of credit. The young secondary, led by freshman Kyle Hamilton, forced 3 interceptions (one Hamilton returned for a touchdown) and a fumble. While yes, South Bend maybe celebrating over this victory, head coach Brian Kelly and his team are looking forward to their primetime matchup against Georgia.
Notre Dame handled business on Saturday like they were supposed too. The Irish led the Lobos in total yards (591-363), turnovers (4-0), and first downs (25-22). While offense only struggled when it came to third downs, only converting 1 attempt of their 10 chances, it’s something Book needs to address this week in practice to have success against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Up next for the Irish, they travel up to face #3 Georgia Bulldogs in prime time. This game is arguably the most anticipated nonconference game of the year, I’m sure the BCS committee will have eyes on this one. Many fans believe this is a must-win for the Irish but I strongly disagree. Notre Dame still has matchups against #21 Virginia, #11 Michigan, and Stanford following this Week 3 matchup allowing them to see show their dominance and establish a playoff berth. Now, in their third matchup between Georgia and Notre Dame, I’m expecting Ian Book and Chase Claypool to have a huge night! This will be the first true test for Brian Kelly this season and sadly I don’t think this team can stop a powerful Georgia team. With many departures from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball as well as the inexperience at key positions this will be a wake up call for some of these young guys.
Game prediction: 42-28 W Georgia