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Oct 08, 2022

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28 OCT. 8, 2022 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED third-and-5 and ending that possession with sophomore running back Audric Estime's 1-yard touchdown run to take a 21-14 lead. That incompletion to start it had no bearing on the outcome. T hat did not mean it lacked value, though. Offensive coordinator Tommy Rees saw what unfolded on the other side, when Pyne had his back turned on the rollout. No Nor th Ca rol i na defender was covering ju n ior ru n n ing back Ch ris T yree on a wheel route he ran after Pyne faked a handoff to him. Fresh- man tight end Holden Staes had two Tar Heels players on him when he ran a seam route from his in-line position. Tyree was out of his vision. "The first play, it was a drive-starter a nd we were goi n g i nto t he t u n- nel where we ran out," Pyne said. "It was a naked [bootleg], I threw it out of bounds and nobody went with the running back." Rees filed that observation away for future use. He tapped into it on Notre Dame's first possession of the third qua rter, w ith the Irish a head 24-14 and looking to blow the game open. Rees called the same play, though in 22 personnel (two running backs, two tight ends) instead of 13 personnel (one running back, three tight ends) like the first time. Everything was designed to clear out space for the wheel route, run this time by sophomore Logan Diggs instead of Tyree. T y ree went i n motion across the formation to distract the defense. Ju- nior tight end Michael Mayer was in Staes' prior spot, except detached from the offensive line. Graduate student wide receiver Braden Lenzy was next to Mayer and ran a go route, occupy- ing one defender. Mayer ran a crossing pattern, and like Staes, took two North Carolina players with him. T h is time, P y ne knew to stop h is rollout, turn around and look for an uncovered Diggs. He planted his feet N. CAROLINA VS. NOTRE DAME QUARTER-BY-QUARTER COMPARISON North Carolina 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Total Time of Possession 8:42 5:29 2:43 4:53 14:11 7:36 21:47 3rd-Down Conversions 1-4 2-4 1-2 2-4 3-8 3-6 6-14 4th-Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 Average Field Position UNC-22 UNC-24 UNC-25 UNC-22 UNC-23 UNC-24 UNC-23 Notre Dame 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Final Time of Possession 6:18 9:31 12:17 10:07 15:49 22:24 38:13 3rd-Down Conversions 2-4 3-4 2-4 1-2 5-8 3-6 8-14 4th-Down Conversions 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 Average Field Position UND-33 UND-28 UND-41 UND-41 UND-30 UND-41 UND-36 PLAY CHART (NO. OF PLAYS) Yards UNC ND Nega ve 7 6 0-5 36 38 6-9 6 16 10-19 6 18 20-29 1 3 30-39 0 1 40-49 1 0 50 or more 2 0 RED ZONE EFFICIENCY (INSIDE 20-YARD LINE) No Poss. TD FG Score North Carolina 3 3 0 0 Notre Dame 5 4 0 1 BIG PLAYS (25 YARDS OR MORE) Notre Dame • 1-10 UND32 Diggs pass from Pyne for 34 yards to UNC34 • 2-3 UND41 Es me 29-yard run to UNC30 • 1-10 UNC30 Styles pass from Pyne for 30 yards and a touchdown • 1-10 UNC29 Diggs pass from Pyne for 29 yards and a touchdown North Carolina • 1-10 UNC24 J. Jones pass from Maye for 28 yards to UND48 • 3-3 UND46 J. Jones pass from Maye for 43 yards to UND3 • 1-15 UNC20 Green pass from Maye for 80 yards and a touchdown • 4-21 UNC36 Green pass from Maye for 64 yards and a touchdown Sophomore running back Logan Diggs scored his first touchdown of the season on a 29-yard reception. PHOTO BY KAYDEE GAWLIK MISCELLANEOUS NOTES • Junior quarterback Drew Pyne set new career highs in pass completions (24), pass- ing yards (289) and passing touchdowns (3) against the Tar Heels. • Junior tight end Michael Mayer is now in sole possession of second place on Notre Dame's all-time receptions (135) and touch- down (12) lists. He needs just 6 receptions and 4 touchdowns to become the all-time leader in both. • Sophomore running back Audric Estime's 134-yard rushing effort marked the first time an Irish player eclipsed the century mark on the ground since Kyren Williams racked up 199 against North Carolina on Oct. 30, 2021. • Sophomore Logan Diggs recorded his first game with more than 100 all-purpose yards, tallying 50 on the ground and 65 on three receptions. His 29-yard touchdown connection from Pyne in the third quarter was the second receiving score of his career. • Sophomore wide receiver Lorenzo Styles' 30-yard scoring reception in the second quar- ter is the Fighting Irish's longest touchdown play of the season thus far. • Senior linebacker Jack Kiser matched his career high with 9 tackles against the Tar Heels. He also recorded nine stops against Marshall in Week 2.

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