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Notre Dame Fighting Irish VS Northwestern Wildcats: Top Player Performances

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A close game ultimately resulted in the Irish beating the Wildcats 31-21.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 9-0. This is a real thing that everyone is living with right now. It’s an amazing time to be alive. The Northwestern Wildcats played them tough but Notre Dame showed they are the better team. The game only really felt in doubt for about 10 minutes as Notre Dame played a fairly good game. Northwestern is a capable team that the Irish had to go out and beat. And they did.

Chase Claypool

Was this his best game in a Notre Dame uniform? Chase Claypool was an absolute monster. The best part was that he was making plays after the catching the football. Claypool is turning into the player we hoped he would be. You could make a strong case for Chase Claypool being the most feared weapon in the Notre Dame offense. I would say it is close between him and Dexter Williams. Anyway, 8 catches for 130 yards will do just fine for Chase Claypool.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Northwestern Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Te’von Coney

This guy, again. I cannot help but put him on the list after this game. It feels like I write about Te’von Coney every single week. Well, when someone has 10 tackles and 2 sacks, I have no other choice. The Northwestern quarterback saw #4 in the backfield a little more than he would have liked. With Drue Tranquill very limited in this game, Coney’s performance was even more important. The Irish defense needed him, and Te’von Coney delivered for them.

Ian Book

Mr. Consistent. Ian Book has not been flashy. He makes everything look so easy back there. The Irish quarterback just gets the job done. Book has now shown he can make halftime adjustments. He was nearly flawless in the second half against Northwestern. The Wildcat defense had a good game plan and slowed Notre Dame to 7 first half points. After the halftime adjustments, Ian Book led the offense to 24 more points. Nothing flashy, just getting the job done every single week.

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Notre Dame. 9-0. I like typing that. Next week Notre Dame will welcome Florida State to South Bend. How about some snow and 30 degree weather? The struggling Seminoles might not get off the plane if the forecast holds up.