Notre Dame thumps Temple to open football season

by Abel Hampton September 4, 2017, 0:57
Notre Dame thumps Temple to open football season

The Fighting Irish had a lengthy offensive scoring drought.

New defensive coordinator Taver Johnson, formerly the defensive backs coach at Purdue, is tasked with molding a new-look Temple defense that must replace seven starters from a unit that was third in the entire nation last season in total defense with 282.5 yards allowed per game.

"The players in that locker room have an huge amount of pride when it comes to the tradition of Notre Dame football, and I think you saw that [Saturday]", ND coach Brian Kelly said.

But Alabama immediately answered with its own best drive of the night, an 85-yard blitzkrieg in five plays that ended on a 53-yard rainbow from Jalen Hurts to Calvin Ridley to put Alabama on top at 10-7.

Any unwanted nods to 2016 were outweighed by tangible, positive takeaways after an offseason of change. There is a ton of pressure on this new offensive regime.

Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. had a touchdown run in the third quarter, and Adams sealed the win with his second touchdown run with 5:44 left in the fourth quarter.

Notre Dame junior Josh Adams, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound combination of power and dynamite from Central Bucks South, rushed for 130 of his 161 yards during a 28-10 first half. But Temple's experienced secondary led by free safety Sean Chandler, who is making the switch from cornerback, will look to test and confuse young Wimbush.

Temple: The Owls face crosstown rival Villanova at Lincoln Financial Field, the first meeting between the two Philadelphia schools since Temple beat the Wildcats 41-10 in 2012. "We had three guys from our running back room get in the end zone, and that's all because of them. But like I said, we just didn't execute". Wimbush finished 17 of 30 for 184 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. His offense scored six touchdowns in all six red-zone appearances.

"I've got to get down a little bit more than I did".

Wimbush said he wasn't surprised by anything he saw. "Obviously I learned [Saturday]". He just needs to be careful to not get hit so much.

Wimbush also contributed greatly in the run game, adding 106 yards on 12 attempts. He is the first Notre Dame quarterback to eclipse the century mark in both passing and rushing in a game since DeShone Kizer achieved it at Stanford in a 38-36 loss in the 2015 regular season finale. And true freshman defensive tackles Kurt Hinish and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa were stout in extensive action throughout their debut. "At halftime, I told the kids we had a lot of rookies out there and I thought I acted like a rookie early". "He told me after every big play, go ahead and knock it down, so it was fun".

Wimbush set up the touchdown run with a 33-yard pass to St.

The Owls dropped two potential interceptions that could have been returned for touchdowns. The Irish managed to get a sack in the 1st quarter. That is now just one short of the three total the Fighting Irish had in 12 games past year to rank last among the 65 Power 5 Conference teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Kelly reiterated the notion that last season's team occasionally needed its confidence reinforced. That said, there is still more stability within the Irish right now.

Needing two scores to tie the game, the Florida State offense took its turn unraveling.


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