A record day for Ir­ish

Boston Herald - - SPORTS - By KEITH PEAR­SON Twit­ter: @kei­th_­pear­son

Football has been played at Notre Dame since 1887 and through all the years it is believed the Fight­ing Ir­ish never had one game in which two team­mates each ran for 200 yards.

That all changed yes­ter­day as Notre Dame ran through and around Bos­ton Col­lege, with running back Josh Adams car­ry­ing the ball 18 times for 229 yards and quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush, who was mostly in­ef­fec­tive as a passer, rush­ing for 207 yards, most ever for an Ir­ish sig­nal caller, and four touch­downs in 21 at­tempts.

“We were just told that af­ter the game,” Adams said of the record. “A lot of that credit goes to the of­fen­sive line for dom­i­nat­ing and man­dat­ing their will on the other team. It’s definitely a bless­ing. It’s ex­cit­ing to have. It’s definitely an honor, es­pe­cially be­ing at the Univer­sity of Notre Dame and all the guys that came be­fore us.”

All the running around pro­duced a 49-20 Notre Dame vic­tory in which all seven of its TDs came on the ground. The Ir­ish av­er­aged 10.1 yards per carry, a mod­ern era record best­ing a 1942 con­test against Naval Sta­tion Great Lakes, as 51 at­tempts pro­duced 515 yards.

That num­ber fell 1 yard shy of the most ever al­lowed by the Eagles. They were carved up in a 2012 loss to Army, which had three play­ers break the cen­tury mark.

Adams and Wim­bush had five runs of at least 35 yards, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of an Eagles de­fense that was miss­ing line­backer Con­nor Stra­chan (knee).

The Eagles found them­selves in a 14-10 half­time deficit largely be­cause of a pair of long Adams runs that set up Wim­bush touch­downs. The first came on thir­dand-2 when Wim­bush faked a hand­off to the wide re­ceiver in mo­tion and gave the ball to Adams, who ripped off a 65-yard gain to the BC 2.

“(BC is a) very ag­gres­sive group, down­hill lineback­ers, and we wanted to cre­ate a lit­tle mis­di­rec­tion and pull,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “That’s a play we use against cer­tain de­fenses that (are) very ag­gres­sive to the line of scrim­mage.”

The sec­ond Adams burst was a read op­tion in which the of­fen­sive line opened a hole and there were no ma­roon jer­seys in the sec­ond level un­til Isaac Yi­adom caught up to him at the 17.

The 129 yards gen­er­ated by those two plays rep­re­sented nearly half of Notre Dame’s 271 yards of to­tal yards in the first half.

The yards were eas­ier to come by in the sec­ond half for the Ir­ish as the of­fen­sive line wore out the Eagles in the trenches opening big­ger holes.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN WIL­COX

OFF AND RUNNING: Notre Dame quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush breaks away on a touch­down run — one of four he scored on the day — dur­ing the fourth quarter yes­ter­day.

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