Well, that went pretty well, all things considered. And by all things considered, I, of course, mean the Irish's recent history of being dominated by the option-run, specifically Navy's, a team Air Force beat the week prior. It was not to be two weeks in a row as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish blew out the Air Force Fighting Falcons 59-33.
Two themes really were present during this game as I sat on my couch, ignoring 80 degree weather in October:
1) Against mediocre defenses, the Irish will destroy. They have too much talent at the skill positions and a line far too experienced to get beat by an undersized attack. Also, Tommy Rees may (I really want to emphasize the "may" part) have this turnover thing kicked.
2) Despite bringing in Ed Warinner* -- a former Air Force and Army offensive line coach -- to stop the option-run, Notre Dame still has a very hard time stopping the option-run. The Navy game, once again, and sadly, looms large.
*To Warinner's credit, he also runs the offensive line and they have been nothing short of outstanding.
Author's Note: This week's recap will be more notes-y than my typical pseudo-organized stream of conscience recap of games. Cool? Sweet.
Yeah, yikes. Notre Dame didn't comprehend punting until the second half. It was 42-16 at half. There were 1,225 combined yards in the game. Somehow, Air Force had five more than Notre Dame. Weird, wild stuff.
-The last two weeks have almost made me long for those close games where the outcome is in question until the final snap of the ball. That is until I look back at Michigan this year and MSU last year and realize the Irish only lose those types of games. So, yeah, blowouts are totally cool.
-The option-run has haunted the Irish in recent years and it seems like it will again in 2011. Navy scares me. I know I shouldn't be. But, jeez, Navy, stop beating the Irish. My headline, "The Option Run Is Evil, Wondrous, Scary, Frank and Magical" is exactly how I feel about it. Teams know pretty much what is going to happen every snap. Yet, like the Irish, they cannot stop it. Man, Navy scares me.
Super awesome numbers and shit...
ND / Air Force
560 / 565 -- Total yards
266 / 363 -- Rushing yards
27-36 / 16-28 -- Comp-Att
8-11 / 6-17 -- 3rd down efficiency
0-0 / 5-5 -- 4th down efficiency
0 / 2 -- Turnovers
59 / 33 -- Score
Super awesome notes and shit... (See Above)
Super awesome emoticon on how I felt after this game and shit...
Author's Note: Miami (OH) finally won a game! Lets see if they can be the only team in the history of college football to lose ten games, win ten the next and then lose ten once again. Go, my alma mater.