The Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved their season record to 4-6 after a 44-6 win over Army Black Knights. As a result, they kept their postseason hopes alive.
As usually, the Fighting Irish were led by their star quarterback DeShone Kizer. He threw for 209 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and one interception. He also had 72 yards on the ground on only seven carries.
His performance was the key factor to Notre Dame’s victory. Head coach Brian Kelly had plenty of nice things to say about his quarterback following the win.
"“He is maturing as a quarterback. I liked his leadership today. I like his leadership all week. He was holding players to a higher standard. I liked his toughness.”"
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In addition to Kizer’s solid day, the Fighting Irish got in other areas. Receiver and return specialist CJ Sanders ran the opening kickoff back for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Fighting Irish’s win is a result they desperately needed to have. A loss Saturday evening would have been their seventh, and it would have made them essentially ineligible for postseason play.
Instead, the win keeps the Fighting Irish’s bowl hopes alive for at least one more week. Notre Dame cannot rest easy though. Their remaining two games will be very tough, and they will likely be underdogs in both.
Their last two games are against Virginia Tech Hokies at home and against the USC Trojans on the road.
The Hokies will be looking to rebound from a recent loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Meanwhile, USC has been one of the hotter Pac-12 teams in recent weeks.
Both opponents have enough talent to matchup with Notre Dame. The key to surviving this final two-game stretch will be Kizer. He needs to play well if the Fighting Irish want any shot at winning these contests.
The Fighting Irish got a win they desperately needed. However, they were expected to win these games. The real challenge begins next Saturday against Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m.