Notre Dame, Ian Ebook present why this Irish playoff push is totally different


Notre Dame made sure 1993 wouldn't happen again.

A week after beating Clemson # 1 on Saturday, the runner-up Irishman shook off excited Boston College 45-31 with the help of 21 points in the second quarter.

The result is further proof that Notre Dame (8-0, 7-0 ACC) is built like a college football playoff team – and perhaps like a national championship contender. Last week's 47-40 double overtime thriller against Clemson was no accident. Neither was the answer to this victory.

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The Eagles pissed off Notre Dame 41-39 in 1993, a week after the Irish beat Florida No. 1 in Game of the Century. There was quite a bit of iteration when Boston College (5-4, 4-4 ACC) got an onside kick in the second quarter. However, the game was canceled by an illegal block prior to restoration.

Ian Book took this opportunity to continue a fantastic two week run that could lead the senior quarterback into the conversation with the Heisman Trophy.

He shuffled in and out of the pocket first before hitting Ben Skowronek for a 13-yard touchdown, 5:43 in the first half to put Notre Dame 24-13 ahead. Then, in the last minute of the half, he and the Irish turned an Eagles fumble into another touchdown. Book made the clock before hitting Skowronek for a 7-yard touchdown, the third goal connection of the half of the tandem.

Notre Dame led 31-13 at halftime. By this point, Book had thrown 213 yards, his highest total in the first half of the season. He finished the race 283 yards and 85 yards against the Eagles a week after running 310 yards and 67 yards against the Tigers. Book gave Notre Dame a commanding 45-23 lead with 12:19 in the fourth quarter when he used a pump fake to freeze the defense before sprinting for a 6-yard touchdown run. This ended the best two-week career in which he is now 28: 3 as the Irish starter.

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Notre Dame feeds on Book & # 39; s stance. The game in progress is balanced, with Kyren Williams, C & # 39; Bo Flemister and Chris Tyree contributing along with Book. The Irish were able to hammer the ground in the second half after Notre Dame's passing attack set up the ground game.

The defense also played well: the Irish made two turnovers in the first half, but the Eagles only managed three points from these mistakes. The defense increased again at the beginning of the second half with a 4-1 stop in the red zone with 10-23 in the third quarter.

The 1993 ghosts were effectively exorcised, and the Irish stayed on their way to their second college football playoff in three seasons.

The path to the ACC championship game also remains unchanged. After a week of bye bye, Notre Dame faces a road trip to North Carolina that gives Book the chance to take on North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell. Syracuse and Wake Forest close the schedule from there, leading to an inevitable rematch against Clemson.

None of that changed on Saturday in a rivalry that sometimes proves the unthinkable – and one in which the Irish have stalled in recent seasons.

Something different is happening in South Bend this year.


Steven Gregory