Five Answers - Western Michigan

We gave you five questions prior to the Irish battle against Western Michigan. Now we give you the answers.

Question 1: Will the Irish look over Western Michigan this weekend and towards their game against Navy next week?

Answer 1: No, the Irish did not look past this game.  Navy will be a big test next week and the Irish offense and defense will need to be ready to run on all cylinders.

Question 2: Will Brian Kelly continue his mastery over Bill Cubit?

Answer 2: Yes, while the television talking heads said Kelly and Cubit are friends, over the years I have been told differently.  Kelly again had the team capable of beating Cubit who also masters himself as an offensive guru type of coach.  However, 44-20 is a good margin of victory giving Kelly another win over the Western Michigan head coach.

Question 3: Who will be the "Next Man In" for Notre Dame this week?

Answer 3: With Armando Allen suffering from an injury, Cierre Wood posted 94 total yards and a touchdown on the day.  Keep in mind that coming into the game; Wood had only posted 105-yards on the season and no touchdowns.  Also, throw in Robert Hughes who came into the game with five carries for 15-yards and left it with eight more carries and sixty-three more yards.  Tyler Eifert made the most of his chances in place of Kyle Rudolph but picking up four catches for seventy-two yards and a touchdown.

Question 4: Will Notre Dame look to run the football more against Western Michigan?

Answer 4: Yes, the Irish only threw the ball for thirty times and rushed it thirty-four on the day.  Both Cierre Wood and Robert Hughes had solid days as both backs averaged at or above eight yards per carry.

Question 5: Who will have a better day at quarterback?  Dayne Crist or Alex Carder?

Answer 5: Alex Carder had a solid day but threw two picks and no touchdowns.  Carder is a gutty player and will continue to get better.  Saturday, Dayne Crist continued to show progress but is still off from being a master of Brian Kelly's offense.  Take away the 80 touchdown to Michael Floyd and the total passing yards do not look as good.  Nevertheless, he did hit a nice percentage while getting enough pressure where Western Michigan posted three sacks.  Edge: Crist, as he was the winning quarterback and that is what matters most.


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