Wim­bush runs Notre Dame past BC 49-20

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - 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 on 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 32yard runs. Adams broke free for 65- and 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 fourt­hand-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 15yard 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 one­point 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. Notre Dame 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.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: at Michi­gan State on Satur­day.

Bos­ton Col­lege: Play at No. 3 Clem­son on Satur­day.

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