This game wasn’t very good so I’ll just hop right into the highlights in order to move past it as fast as possible.
The game started pretty well for the Deacs. Nasir Greer came flying in on the sweep and put his helmet right on the ball, forcing the fumble and allowing Wake Forest to take over deep in Notre Dame territory.
Unfortunately, the offense ran 3 plays and got only 1 yard, so the Deacs were only able to come away with 3 points.
Notre Dame responded on the very next possession with Jafar Armstrong breaking free for a 30 yard touchdown.
Armstrong finished the game with 8 carries for 98 yards (12.25 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns.
After another Wake Forest field goal, the Irish would go 80 yards in 10 plays to find the end-zone once again. This time Ian Book found tight end Miles Boykin on a great play call from the Irish coaching staff.
Book finished the game 25-34 for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air in his first start of the season.
After a 3 and out from the Wake Forest offense and a 52 yard punt return from Chris Finke, the Irish found the end-zone yet again, with Tony Jones Jr. punching it in from 4 yards.
It started to look like that touchdown would probably do it, but the Deacs responded with a 10 play, 75 yard drive on the next possession to cut the lead back to 8. Matt Colburn II punched it in to finish the drive from 2 yards out.
From this point, things would go down hill for Wake Forest. Big plays continue to be an issue for the defense, and they allowed Notre Dame to score in 4 plays on the following possession, setup by this 66 yard run on a screen pass Yes, a screen pass.
That resulted in a 2 yard touchdown run from Ian Book. Then, Nick Sciba missed his second field goal of the game as time expired in the half, resulting in a 28-13 halftime lead for the Irish.
The 3rd quarter was disastrous for Wake Forest, so I really won’t go into much detail about it. The Irish scored 21 unanswered points to take a 49-13 lead before Kendall Hinton ran 23 yards on the QB run for a touchdown in his one and only play at QB for the day.
The Irish responded, scoring yet another touchdown on their next possession.
Quarterback Ian Book ran the ball in from 1 yard out for his 3rd rushing touchdown of the day to give Notre Dame a whopping 56-20 lead.
The last score of the day would go to Jamie Newman, who took the designed QB run 15 yards for the score and Notre Dame would go on to win 56-27.
Let’s just forget about this one and move on to Rice, shall we?