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Notre Dame Football VS Miami: Stats That Lie and Stats That Don’t

The box score isn't pretty either, folks.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Miami Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes had a party Saturday night with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish the unfortunate guest who gets knocked around. It was over early, and the stats tell some of that story. Let’s dive in.

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Stats That Lie

Notre Dame threw for more yard than they picked up on the ground. It’s only 152 yards, though. And between Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book, Irish signal callers threw two interceptions. It was not a good day for the Irish offense through the air. Wimbush and Book were a combined 13-27, but threw for only one touchdown. The quarterbacks had QBR’s of 5.2 and 5.1, respectively. Yuck.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Miami Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

There’s really nothing else to dwell on here. On we go.

Stats That Don’t

Four turnovers. Three interceptions. One pick six. A fumble lost. The Notre Dame defense gave up 374 total yards, but 237 of them came on the ground. That’s very unlike what we’ve seen up until lately for Mike Elko’s unit.

Notre Dame also only gained 109 yards on the ground on 36 attempts. Former Heisman hopeful Josh Adams (who I cannot imagine will remain a serious contender) had 40 yards on 16 carries, being held for only 2.5 yards per. Overall, the Notre Dame rushing attack was held to 3.0 yards per carry, far below their outstanding average.

Miami was three-for-three on fourth down, and quarterback Malik Rosier threw for 137 yards and ran for 44 more. Travis Homer gashed the Irish defense on the ground, racking up 8.1 yards per carry for a total of 146 yards on 18 carries. Absolutely nothing went right for Notre Dame, as they were completely outplayed by Miami. It’s back to drawing board for Coach Kelly and his staff.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s another good one: 300 former Hurricane players and coaches attended the game. Everyone loves playing (and beating) Notre Dame.