A decent showing by the Irish in their last home game of the season. The team started off a little flat, going scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season. But the offense finally kicked into gear in the second quarter sparked by a partially blocked punt. IT was off to the races then as the Irish scored 24 unanswered points before giving up a meaningless touchdown in the 4th quarter.
I continued to be amazed by the play od ND's receiving core. Jeff Samardzija is an incredible athelete and has amazing hands. The catches he's made this season are unbeleivable. Maurice Stovall has similarly played well, although he hasn't made the kinds of spectacular grabs Samardzija has. BTW, Samardzija needs only 124 yards verses Stanford next week to set the ND season record for receiving yards.
One thing Stovall deserves big kudos for is is team play. Stovall does a great job blocking and opening the field up for Samardzija. That kind of unselfish play deserves more recognition than it usually gets. A great block doesn't usually make the highlight reels, yet it's usually the difference in a great play. So hats off to Maurice Stovall for not just his success catching the ball but also for his unselfish team play laying down some nice blocks for Jeff Samardzija.
Next up: Stanford at Stanford. It's fun going to see both of my alma maters play each other. Stanford has turned it around a bit after an awful start. Still ND is a 15 to 18 point favorite and I don't see anything changing that result. Prediction: Nd 35 - Stanford 17.