Wim­bush, Ir­ish rout Bos­ton Col­lege

Quar­ter­back had school record 207 rush­ing yards.


BOS­TON — Notre Dame quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush had al­ready scored from 1, 2, and 3 yards out when he broke loose for a 65-yard touch­down to help ice the game.

Josh Adams had 64- and 65-yard runs of his own.

“Big plays, you don’t look for them,” Wim­bush said af­ter help­ing Notre Dame bounce back from its fall from the rank­ings by beat­ing Bos­ton Col­lege 49-20 on Satur­day. “You do your job and the plays are there.”

Wim­bush ran for four touch­downs and 207 yards, a record for a Notre Dame quar­ter­back. Adams rushed for 229 in three quar­ters, the first time in the his­tory of the il­lus­tri­ous pro­gram that two play­ers have run for more than 200 yards in a game.

“The tale of the game came with their abil­ity to run,” Bos­ton Col­lege coach Steve Ad­dazio said. “Those chunks are what turned the game, be­cause it was a close game.”

For about 40 min­utes it was, un­til Notre Dame (2-1) scored three straight touch­downs to turn a 14-13 game into a blowout and beat BC (1-2) for the sixth straight time.

Af­ter stop­ping the Ea­gles on a fourth-and-1, Wim­bush broke loose for a 46-yard run to set up one touch­down. The Ir­ish scored twice more be­fore BC was able to re­spond, one set up by Adams’ 33-yard scam­per and the other on Wim­bush’s 65-yard TD.

“We didn’t make a lot of plays in the first half,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “We came in at half­time and went up to the of­fen­sive line and said, ‘Look, we need you to take over this foot­ball game. You’re our vet­eran group.’ And they re­ally re­sponded.”

In the matchup of the only two Catholic schools in FBS — a ri­valry known as the “Holy War” — the Ir­ish ran for 515 yards on 51 car­ries. Wim­bush com­pleted 11 of 24 passes for 96 yards, with one in­ter­cep­tion.

“You’ve just got to find a way to find some­thing that’s work­ing for you,” he said. “And it hap­pened to be my feet dur­ing this game.”

The one-point loss to thenNo. 15 Georgia last week wasn’t dev­as­tat­ing for Notre Dame, but a loss to a Bos­ton Col­lege team that was blown out by Wake For­est last week might have been. Coach Brian Kelly’s job is safe for at least the next week.

Asked about his stats in the game, Wim­bush’s face went sour.

“Un­der a hun­dred yards throw­ing and you’re a quar­ter­back? It’s not ideal,” he said. “As a quar­ter­back, that’s the first thing you do, right? So it trou­bles me a lit­tle bit. But I’m go­ing to en­joy the win for the first 24 hours and then make ad­just­ments.”


Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (33) out­runs Bos­ton Col­lege de­fend­ers on Satur­day. a train of

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