Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 1, 2018

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28 OCT. 1, 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED In Wake Forest's first three drives of the half, though, the Irish allowed just 16 yards on 11 plays and got an interception by junior cornerback Troy Pride Jr. on the first play of the third series. The Irish capitalized each time, scoring touchdowns to extend their lead to 49-13 with just more than four minutes left in the third quarter. "We haven't had [games], where the whole team came together," head coach Brian Kelly stated on the defen- sive stops. "At the half, it was 28-13 and I said, 'Look, we've been here before. Vanderbilt, Ball State, Michi- gan — and we haven't been able to put an opponent away. I want to kick this thing off and get a three-and-out, and we are taking this ball in to score. "That's a sense of urgency. We had to define who we are, and we did that. They saw that, and we were able to feed off it for the rest of the game." ✦ WAKE FOREST VS. NOTRE DAME QUARTER-BY-QUARTER COMPARISON Wake Forest 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Total Time of Possession 8:14 8:57 7:46 9:02 17:11 16:48 33:59 Third-Down Conversions 4-8 2-5 3-5 2-3 6-13 5-8 11-21 Fourth-Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Average Field Position WF-41 WF-20 WF-21 WF-27 WF-30 WF-23 WF-27 Notre Dame 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final Time of Possession 6:46 6:03 7:14 5:58 12:49 13:12 26:01 Third-Down Conversions 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-2 2-6 2-3 4-9 Fourth-Down Conversions 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 Average Field Position ND-29 ND-42 ND-33 ND-22 ND-35 ND-29 ND-33 PLAY CHART (NO. OF PLAYS) Yards WF ND Nega ve 10 4 0-5 54 38 6-9 12 15 10-19 13 11 20-29 3 4 30-39 0 3 40-49 0 0 50 or more 0 1 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY (INSIDE 20-YARD LINE) No Poss. TD FG Score Wake Forest 5 2 1 2 Notre Dame 7 7 0 0 BIG PLAYS (25 YARDS OR MORE) Wake Forest None Notre Dame • 1-10 WF30 Armstrong run for 30 yards and a touchdown • 3-3 ND32 Book pass to Young for 66 yards to WF2 • 1-10 WF38 Book pass to T. Jones for 30 yards to WF8 • 2-10 WF42 Armstrong run for 28 yards to WF14 • 1-10 WF47 Book pass to Claypool for 35 yards to WF12 • 1-10 ND47 Book pass to Aus n for 29 yards to WF24 Sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong rushed for a career- high 98 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries against the Demon Deacons. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA MISCELLANEOUS NOTES • Sophomore wide receiver Michael Young's 66-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of his Irish career. • Senior kicker Justin Yoon became the sec- ond player in Notre Dame history to eclipse 300 career points (305). • Junior wide receiver Chase Claypool picked up his first receiving touchdown of the year in the third quarter, hauling in a seven-yard score. • Junior wide receiver Chris Finke's second quarter punt return of 52 yards was the lon- gest for Notre Dame since the late Greg Bryant went 61 yards against Louisville in 2014. • Junior defensive lineman Ade Ogundeji and junior safety Jalen Elliott combined for a sack of Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hart- man, the first for both in their Irish careers. • Several Notre Dame players made their first career appearances in an Irish uniform. In the freshman class, quarterback Phil Jurk- ovec, running back Jahmir Smith, receiver Joe Wilkins, offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson, defensive linemen Ja'Mion Franklin and Justin Ademilola, and cornerback DJ Brown all made it onto the field. Sophomore offensive line- men Dillan Gibbons and Colin Grunhard did the same. • Though it was not their debut on the field, freshman linebacker Bo Bauer, sophomore linebackers Jonathan Jones and Jordan Gen- mark Heath, and freshman defensive back TaRiq Bracy all saw action on defense for the first time in 2018. • Freshman defensive back Houston Griffith made his first career start (nickel). • Freshman receiver Braden Lenzy did not make the trip because of undergoing concus- sion protocol the past two weeks.

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