Kizer, EQ St. Brown, and Josh Adams continued to shine offensively, while the ND defense proved that they could hang.
The Irish put their first W in the win column for the 2016-2017 season Saturday afternoon, winning the home opener 39-10 on a beautiful South Bend saturday. A scoreless 1st quarter in which Notre Dame struggled to move the ball, due in large part to some costly ND penalties, gave way to a Justin Yoon chip shot early in the 2nd to put the Irish up 3-0.
Kizer settled in and lead a 2nd quarter charge resulting in a 25-0 Irish lead going into the half. Key plays from the first half included a Jarron Jones interception, an achilles injury suffered by CB Shaun Crawford, an awfully weird safety against the Nevada kickoff return team, a Tarean Folston TD run off of a speed option, several long runs by Adams that lead to his 100+ yard rushing on the day, and Kevin Stepherson’s first career TD reception. WR’s Chris Finke and Corey Holmes also tallied their first career catches.
Kizer lead an early 3rd quarter TD drive which he finished himself by barreling into the end zone on a QB keeper. Irish 2nd string QB Malik Zaire came into the game midway through the 3rd and immediately lead a successful drive resulting in a Dexter Williams touchdown run. Williams and Stepherson were both in the group of Irish players arrested days before the season started.
The remainder of the 3rd and the entire 4th quarter were relatively uneventful, seeing a garbage time Nevada touchdown and not much else.
No, Nevada was not ranked coming into today, but they won a bowl game last year and are certainly not an early season cupcake matchup. It was encouraging to see the Irish offense roll over a team that they were supposed to beat, and to see the defense hold the Wolfpack to just 10 points, especially after the Crawford injury.
The Irish take on Michigan State in South Bend next Saturday at 7:30 pm EST in what should be one of the more highly anticipated games of the weekend.