In a bitter rivalry that is still often referred to as “Catholics vs. Convicts,” the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came away with the win over the Miami Hurricanes Saturday evening.
In their first meeting since 2012, the Fighting Irish beat the Hurricanes 30-27 thanks to a late game-winning field goal by their sophomore kicker Justin Yoon.
This game was a game of runs because Notre Dame jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half. However, Miami scored 27 unanswered points to take a 27-20 lead in the fourth quarter. Luckily, the Fighting Irish finished the final six minutes of the game on a 10-0 run for the win.
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The usual suspects were effective for Notre Dame Saturday. DeShone Kizer threw for 263 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 31 yards. Meanwhile, Josh Adams, Torii Hunter Jr., and Equanimeous St. Brown each made essential plays on Notre Dame’s scoring drives.
The Notre Dame defense has been scrutinized for much of this season. However, it got the job done Saturday night. The Fighting Irish held the Hurricanes to only 18 rushing yards and 288 passing yards.
Notre Dame also sacked quarterback Brad Kaaya five times. Their defense only had six sacks in seven games this year. One of those sacks came on the last play of the game and prevented Kaaya from making a Hail Mary throw down the field.
Prior to this win, the Fighting Irish had not been getting many positive results. On October 8, they lost 10-3 to the NC State Wolfpack in a torrential downpour. A week after that lost, they lost 17-10 to a Stanford Cardinal on the road.
This win was necessary for the Fighting Irish to keep their bowl hops alive. With a 3-5 record, their margin for error is minimal. Unfortunately, their schedule does not get any easier.
They face their military academy rivals the Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights; both teams have fives wins each this season. After that, they have the Virginia Tech Hokies and USC Trojans to contend with.
The road does not get any easier for Notre Dame. However, this was an important win for the program as it heads into the final stretch of its season.