LOUISVILLE, Kiev – The funniest overkill of winning the season opener at Notre Dame, who admitted to being asked sometimes on Monday night, was a few homeless tweets calling for a downgrade of Ian Book.
Midway through Second Quarter.
Statistically, the Irish senior quarterback and starter of the second year came out much better in ND's No. 9 win by 35-1
His 193 passing yards (14 to 23)) without interceptions and career highs 81 rushing yards on 14 carries was diluted with a tendency to give up passing the game too fast and an inability to expand them with his feet.
The posture of the book was surprisingly interrupting, whereas, e.g. , he converted three-thirds downs in three tries into a quarter-quarter drive, which sent a record-breaking crowd of Cardinals into the 58 107 stadium spill into the parking lots as the Irish front swelled to its final 18-point margin.
Outside this stretch, Converting Notre Dame
It would be the perfect time for Book to channel his inner Brady Quinn and take the next step in his evolution from an Uber-efficient QB into something more dynamic, capable of putting a team on his back and masking flaws elsewhere in the depth chart.
New of these popped up early in the first quarter on Monday when another dynamic player, junior running back Jafar Armstrong, left what counted
Armstrong started the game as a wide receiver and ended it as a sideline observer. just as hard Col Mayor and wide receiver Michael Young did (both with broken clavicles maintained during training camp). The farmer actually made the trip, but not the game.
Whether Book's ceiling as a college student is still in front of him or, say, Stanford's game last October is an intriguing question, but not everywhere in the most immediate as coach Brian Kelly heads for a short week to wait, followed by since opening its home on September 14 with New Mexico.
"He can be better and we won't beat him with a shoe," said Kelly, who attributes Book's uneven performance to the blindness of Louisville's defense under a new coordinator and head coach.
"This is a game. It has to be better. He knows this and will be better. He is smart. He is athletic. You saw his first run.
"He changed his body. Tommy (QBs Rees coach) will do a great job with him to make him see the bigger picture and make his progress. And I'm extremely confident that this will happen. ”
No matter who Book does in the next 11 games, it won't be enough to win a playoff run – even on New Year's Day six – if the Irish running back defense can't be transformed quickly and dramatically.
A team that finished 101st in the nation with fast breakouts, 108th in total offense and 121st in goalscorer a year ago with Bobby Petrino's deposition, halfway through 322 rushing
That's 111 more than Clemson tagged the Irish in the Tigers & apos; College Football Playoff for the Irish playoffs last December.
"This is one of the best defensive lines in the country, and I thought our guys were up front with them in the running game," said Louisville's almost stunning coach Scott Sutterfield, who has consistently created elite games at his former school. Appalachian State.
For ND's credit, much of the 28-3 turnaround ended the game after the Cardinals built the lead 14-7 in less than 11 minutes.
But Louisville still won the fast battle 249 -232 and averaged over 5 yards a carry. And the Cardinals did it with an incredible a
Javian Hawkins was the game's leading rusher with 127 yards on 18. He is a freshman with a red shirt wearing football twice last season while playing sparse enough to keep the red shirt season.
] Previously, he was a two-star rookie, with only Louis College, Syracuse and Nebraska except Louisville, which offered him a scholarship. 16 carriers, though it took four bags.
The 6-4, 239-pound pass has gained 93 rushing yards last season and required 76 carries to make it. That's an average of 1.2 yards a carry. His two first-quarter TDs on Monday night coincided with his entire season-ending performance,
Ironically, Pass was the first quarterback the Irish coaches to pursue and offer scholarships in the 2016 recruiting cycle – the same one that ended with
Notre Dame has never encountered the four-star prospect from Carver, Georgia, but he attends a summer camp on the Irish ND invasion. And Irish recruiters have even created a picking schedule with Pass, depicted on a fake ESPN Magazine cover called EQUALIZER.
The Irish actually need one or two of those in the two internal lines of linear transfer, a group of positions that delivered the intense body rotation that was promised but also worryingly inconsistent production.
Three Aloha Gilman Blow-In and Blow-Up Recovery Alohi Gilman helped mitigate damage.
"We're adjusting to the kind of things I want to see," Kelly said of the big picture. "We're not there yet. In no way do we look like the finished product. "
Nor, for Kelly, did the play-off version of last season's early season itself run away against Ball State and Vanderbilt. They found a way to fix it – with a change of quarterback.
This is not the formula for growth potential this season, not that an improved book would not be welcome.
The question that persists against the backdrop of the post-game rotation cycle is: Can the Irish defense be fixed? With Georgia's No. 3 travel date on September 21st, the answer must not only be, but soon.