Notre Dame cruises past Bos­ton Col­lege

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS - BY JIMMY GOLEN

BOS­TON — Bran­don Wim­bush ran for four touch­downs and 207 yards — a record for a Notre Dame quar­ter­back — and Josh Adams had 229 rush­ing yards Satur­day to help the Ir­ish re­spond to their fall from the rank­ings with a 49-20 vic­tory over Bos­ton Col­lege.

Wim­bush scored on runs of 1,2, 3, and 65 yards, set­ting up two other touch­downs with 46- and 32-yard runs. Adams broke free for 65and 64-yard runs but was chased down both times by BC de­fen­sive back Isaac Yi­adom.

In the matchup of the only two Catholic schools in FBS — a ri­valry known as the “Holy War” — Notre Dame (2-1) led just 14-13 mid­way through the third quar­ter be­fore scor­ing the next three touch­downs to beat the Ea­gles for the sixth straight time.

After BC (1-2) was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on the Notre Dame 30, Wim­bush broke down­field for 46 yards to set up Tony Jones’ 1-yard touch­down. Adams opened the next Ir­ish pos­ses­sion with a 36-yard run, Wim­bush con­nected with Durham Smythe for 33 yards, and then two plays later the quar­ter­back headed for the py­lon to give the Ir­ish a 28-13 lead.

When Notre Dame got the ball back, Wim­bush broke right and then cut back across the field, out­rac­ing the BC de­fense 65 yards to the end zone.

Fresh­man An­thony Brown con­nected with Char­lie Cal­li­nan on fourth-and-goal from the 14 for BC’s sec­ond touch­down of the game, cutting the deficit to 35-20. But Wim­bush again got loose, run­ning 32 yards to the 3.

Dex­ter Wil­liams ran it in from there and added a 15-yard score with 4:57 left to make it 49-20.

Wim­bush com­pleted 11-of-24 passes for 96 yards, with one in­ter­cep­tion. In all, the Ir­ish ran for 515 yards on 51 car­ries.

Brown was 24-of-40 for 215 yards, with two touch­downs and two in­ter­cep­tions.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Notre Dame: The one-point loss to then-No. 15 Ge­or­gia last week wasn’t dev­as­tat­ing, 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 an­other week.

Bos­ton Col­lege: The hype of the ri­valry helped BC stay close for al­most 40 min­utes, and the Ea­gles even had a chance to take the lead late in the third quar­ter. But they were re­ally just killing time be­fore the next Notre Dame big play.

Mem­phis 48, No. 25 UCLA 45

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Ri­ley Fer­gu­son threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds in Mem­phis’ vic­tory over No. 25 UCLA.

Fran­cis’ breakup with 56 sec­onds left pre­vented an­other fourth-quar­ter come­back by Bru­ins quar­ter­back Josh Rosen. He was 34-of-56 for 463 yards and four TDs. But un­like in the Bru­ins’ opener when Rosen led a fourth-quar­ter come­back to beat Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

No. 7 Michi­gan 29, Air Force 13

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dono­van Peo­ples-Jones re­turned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, help­ing Michi­gan over­come of­fen­sive strug­gles.

The Wolver­ines (3-0) didn’t lead by more than three points un­til Peo­ples-Jones’ touch­down early in the third quar­ter.

No. 9 Ok­la­hama State 59, Pitt 21

PITTS­BURGH — Ma­son Ru­dolph threw five touch­down passes, all in the first half, for Ok­la­homa State.

Ru­dolph com­pleted 23-of-32 passes for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (3-0) in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, end­ing a streak of 216 passes with­out a pick dat­ing to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

No. 10 Wis­con­sin 40, BYU 6

PROVO, Utah — Alex Horni­brook threw for four touch­downs and 256 yards as No. 10 Wis­con­sin eased to a vic­tory over BYU.

The Badgers (3-0) met lit­tle re­sis­tance as they put the game away in the first half and led 24-6 at half­time.

No. 15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10

AUBURN, Ala. — Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs as No. 15 Auburn over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer in an­other trou­bling per­for­mance by the Tigers’ of­fense.

No. 16 Va. Tech 64, E. Carolina 17

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs — three to Cam Phillips — to help No. 16 Vir­ginia Tech beat East Carolina.

Phillips had a pro­gram-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hok­ies im­prove to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

No. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38-yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting No. 20 TCU ahead to stay in a vic­tory over up­set-minded SMU.

No. 24 Florida 26, No. 23 Tenn. 20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touch­down pass to Tyrie Cleve­land as the clock ex­pired, and No. 24 F lorida beat 23rd-ranked Ten­nessee in a wild, wacky and some­times un­watch­able ri­valry game.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (33) breaks away from Bos­ton Col­lege’s Will Har­ris (8) and oth­ers on the Ea­gles de­fense dur­ing the first half of Satur­day’s game.

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