Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 25, 2023

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

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16 NOV. 25, 2023 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY TYLER HORKA AND JACK SOBLE T he end of the first half at Notre Dame left a lot to be desired. The Fighting Irish made up for it at the beginning of the second half — and then some. After leaving four points on the board with a baffling sequence that included two spikes, a final timeout called after the first of them — yes, when the clock was already at a standstill — and a ball caught for a loss of four yards when an incomplete pass would have been more beneficial, Notre Dame came out of the locker room with its hair on fire on a chilly day in South Bend. In all three phases. The defense forced and recovered a fumble via a JD Bertrand sack of Wake Forest quarterback Michael Kern on the second play from scrimmage. Gradu- ate student quarterback Sam Hartman promptly hit Eli Raridon on a 19-yard corner route for the sophomore tight end's first career touchdown. Perfect throw. Excellent catch. The Irish followed that up with a sur- prise onside kick collected by graduate student safety DJ Brown. The Irish of- fense went three-and-out on the extra possession, but the unit cashed in on another touchdown the next time it had the ball — thanks to a fourth-and-1 stop by the Notre Dame defense. Following that sequence of events, WIDE A-WAKE Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman snaps out of early funk, throws for 4 touchdowns in 45-7 rout of Wake Forest

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