Question One: After last weekend's performance by the defense against the run, can the Irish keep Tulsa's multitude of runners at bay?
Answer: Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne led the rushing attack for the Golden Hurricane with 78 net yards. However, three other players picked up a total of 118 yards on the ground. Overall, Tulsa rushed for 203 yards on 39 attempts and the Irish gave up several running plays of over 20 yards.
Question Two: If the Irish can stop the run, can they stop the Tulsa passing attack?
Answer: Kinne did a decent job despite being sacked five times by the Irish going 18-34-0 for 196 yards and only 1 touchdown on the day. Therefore, the Irish gave up 399 total yards on 73 offensive plays. Not a great day by the Irish defense.
Question Three: Can the Irish offense outscore Tulsa?
Answer: Yes! The Irish offense did out score the Tulsa offense. The only problem was the Golden Hurricane defense and special teams found ways to post points on the scoreboard to trump the Irish offensive output.
Question Four: How will the Irish respond after last week's loss?
Answer: Another player injured and loss for the season and the announcement even another would be loss for the season set the Irish back early in this game. The team came out of the block looking slow, but soon found a spark as quarterback Tommy Rees came in and lit up the place going 33-54-3 for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns. The four touchdowns set a school record for a freshman quarterback in a game; however, the three interceptions would play a role in the outcome of the game. Not bad, not great, not enough to win.
Question Five: Can Notre Dame play four solid quarters of football?
Answer: No! The Irish offense posted thirteen points on the board in the first quarter and could only post fourteen more points the rest of the game. However, the telling point in this game was the lack of points posted on the board in the fourth quarter. The failure of putting up the game winning points on the final drive of the game will be one talked about in the months to come as the Irish program looks to get back to where it belongs.