Kelly moves on from Miami rout

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By John Fin­deran

Sud­denly, SOUTH BEND, IND. — Notre Dame’s “33Truck­ing.com” is in need of re­pairs.

The “33 Truck­ing” cam­paign was in­tended to tout a Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­dacy for Fight­ing Ir­ish run­ning back Josh Adams and post­sea­son hon­ors for stand­out of­fen­sive line­men Mike McGlinchey and Quen­ton Nel­son, among oth­ers. The cam­paign has been muted now that ninth-ranked Notre Dame (8-2) is com­ing off a 41-8 loss at Miami.

Coach Brian Kelly, whose team plays its fi­nal home game this Satur­day against Navy (6-3), doesn’t want to be re­minded of the hum­bling loss.

Asked Tues­day why Notre Dame punted on its first pos­ses­sion against the Hur­ri­canes, Kelly was quick to re­ply, “I’d have to watch the film again, and I’m not in­ter­ested in watch­ing it again.”

Kelly is more in­ter­ested in get­ting Adams and fel­low run­ning back Dex­ter Wil­liams healthy again for Notre Dame’s 91st con­sec­u­tive meet­ing with the Mid­ship­men, who beat the Ir­ish last sea­son 28-27.

Hav­ing the two backs healthy should help an of­fense that saw its five-game streak of 318 or more rush­ing yards end as the Hur­ri­canes lim­ited the Ir­ish to 109 on the ground. They also forced four turnovers, three by quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush.

The ju­nior lost a fum­ble and had two passes in­ter­cepted by the Hur­ri­canes, who also in­ter­cepted backup Ian Book and turned the four mis­cues into 24 points.

Kelly said he thinks Wim­bush, who fin­ished 10 of 21 pass­ing for 119 yards and one TD, will men­tally re­spond.

“Well, he’s a com­peti­tor and a com­peti­tor wants to be at his best when his best is needed, and he wasn’t (against Miami),” Kelly said. “So he wants to reded­i­cate him­self this week to his prepa­ra­tion, and he wants to go out there and be the best ver­sion of Bran­don Wim­bush.”

The in­jury re­port on Adams and Wil­liams was en­cour­ag­ing.

“Josh shows no ill ef­fects from an an­kle, a head or neck,” Kelly said of the in­juries that have lim­ited Adams, who had 1,169 rush­ing yards prior to the games against Wake For­est (22 yards on five car­ries) and Miami (40 on 16).

“Dex­ter had the quad con­tu­sion, which was lim­it­ing, and it was the best he’s felt.”

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