Blue and Gold Illustrated

February 2022

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BLUEGOLDONLINE.COM FEBRUARY 2022 15 BY TYLER HORKA I t finally happened. After a prolonged stretch of promising play during the regular season, Logan Diggs had his "wel- come to the next level, rookie" moment. And it couldn't have come at much worse of a time for the Notre Dame freshman running back. The Irish trailed Oklahoma State by three early in the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl. The Cowboys climbed the mountain of a 21-point deficit and had everything going for them. Notre Dame could quell some of that momentum with a points-producing drive early in the final frame, and it looked like it was on its way to doing so. The Irish offense crept into Oklahoma State territory for the first time in the second half only for it all to get ripped away — quite literally. Ripped away from the arms of Diggs. The freshman fumbled and gave the ball back to the Pokes near midfield. He walked slowly with his head down to the far sideline. Surrounding teammates met him halfway to offer encourage- ment, but the reality of a Fiesta Bowl JUST GETTING STARTED Freshman running back Logan Diggs didn't have the Fiesta Bowl he had hoped for, but he's still positioned to be a vital piece of the 2022 roster Diggs ran 52 times for 230 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in his first season with the Fighting Irish. PHOTO BY CHAD WEAVER

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