The Notre Dame Fighting Irish racked up 587 yards of offense en route to a 41-3 blowout win over the Miami Hurricanes at Chicago's Soldier Field on Saturday. Included in the yardage total were a whopping 376 rushing yards.
Notre Dame's rushing attack had been suspect before beating Miami. After a big output in the opener against Navy, the Irish managed 52, 122, and 94 rushing yards over their last three games.
For as many yards as Miami was giving up on the ground, they hadn't giving up worse than an average of 4.95 per carry in a game---and Notre Dame pushed it to 7.4 yards on Saturday night. And that's on the back of a big second half output where all the Irish did was continually pound the ball on the ground.
Miami knew we were running the ball, and there was nothing they could do to stop it.
The work of the offensive line allowed both George Atkinson and Cierre Wood to run for over 100 yards on the night. One Foot Down also makes note that even though Miami ran just 53 plays, linebacker Manti Te'o still racked up ten tackles on the day.
Notre Dame will try to match that output this Saturday as it hosts the talented linebackers of the. No. 17 Stanford Cardinal.