Notre Dame set the tone in the very first drive of the game by using 15 plays to go 81 yards that ended with an 8 yard TD pass from Ian Book to Joe Wilkins Jr.. That drive took a massive 8:38 off of the clock, and saw Ian Book connect again and again on some short passes.
Things got pretty interesting when Tech stripped Kyren Williams on the 7 yard line and Zamari Walton took the fumble 93 yards for a touchdown to make the game 14-7. At that point, GT might of had just 15 yards of offense.
By halftime, the Irish were up 17-7 and the Yellow Jackets still only had 66 yards of offense.
Notre Dame featured Kyren Williams in the backfield for most of the day and had 76 yards and 2 touchdowns for the day before Notre Dame went completely conservative with C’Bo Flemister (who also had a rushing touchdown for the day). The Irish ran for over 200 yards for the day.
While Joe Wilkins caught Ian Book’s lone touchdown pass on the day, it was Javon McKinley that shined through the air for Notre Dame. The fifth year senior caught 5 balls for 93 yards, and showed a really good combination of hands and yards after the catch. After a solid game from Ben Skowronek against Pitt, it was nice to see McKinley step up with all that’s on the line next week.
It was a very workmanlike game for Notre Dame, and another really good outing for the defense. More to come about this game on One Foot Down — and obviously we will be looking ahead to Clemson as well... finally.