Never a doubt in Notre Dame’s 52-0 performance over Bowling Green
Written by: Joseph Mooney
It’s no real surprise that Notre Dame put up 52 points against Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame entered Saturday knowing they were the better team, and a determined Brian Kelly set out to show the nation. Following a rough, tough two week schedule, the Irish faced the University of Georgia and the University of Virginia, Bowling Green allowed the Irish to focus in an execute on every play to prepare for their upcoming game against their rival USC next Saturday night.
Ian Book led the electrifying Notre Dame offense to 5 passing touchdowns along with 261 passing yards in a little longer than 2 quarters of play. The offense was rolling, despite running 8 fewer plays than Bowling Green, Kelly, and the offense outgained Bowling Green in total yards (573-228), passing yards (340-110), and rushing yards (233-118). While the Irish were having success in those areas, they also had success with scoring in the red zone (5/5; 100%) and converting 8 out of 11 attempts on 3rd downs.
The passing game wasn’t the only part of the offense rolling, senior Tony Jones Jr rushed for over 100 yards in his 3rd game this season. Jones Jr finished the game with 102 rushing yards on only 7 carriers. While Ian Book threw more touchdowns (5) than he did incompletions (4), backup Phil Jurkovic replaces Book late in the 3rd quarter. The 6’5” sophomore added to the Irish lead after finding Avery Davis for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Following an 8 sack, 5 turnover performance last week, the defense came out and put up the first shutout since their 31-0 victory over Michigan. The defense recorded 2 sacks, 7 hurries, and forced a turnover against the two struggling Bowling Green quarterbacks.
There wasn’t much to take away from Notre Dame’s blowout victory on Saturday. The offense wasn’t tested against the Bowling Green defense. Chase Claypool stole the show again from the receivers, hauling in 2 touchdowns for 61 yards on 3 catches. The Notre Dame defense was aggressive and quick to the ball, recording 69 total tackles. The team overall played well committing only 1 penalty for 5 yards, a false start in the 2nd Quarter. Notre Dame might not move up in the AP Poll was this week (a -46 point favorite). Bowling Green allowed Notre Dame to tighten things up on both sides of the ball while getting ready for their rival USC on Saturday Night.