Five Answers – Army

A look at five answers to the five pressing questions discussed prior to Saturday's victory over Army.

Question One: Will the Notre Dame team seen this past Saturday be the team that shows up in Yankee Stadium against Army?

Answer One: Yes, the Irish came ready to play and did a great job of getting ready for what Army was going to throw at them.  The offense may have sputtered a little big at times, but overall this was a very solid game by Notre Dame.  More improvement will be needed against USC.

 

Question Two: Can the Notre Dame defense stop Army's running attack?

Answer Two: Yes, Army gained only 135 net rushing yards on 43 attempts on the night.  While things looked a little scary early, the Irish defense continued to show their improvement not giving up a touchdown on the night.  The past three games have seen the Irish defense only give up one touchdown.

 

Question Three: Will the Irish offense be more pass attack than run?

Answer Three: With an average carry of 4.1 yards, the Irish offense did a good job running the football.  However, the air game against Army was solid as the Irish picked up 214 yards in the air with Tommy Rees going 13-20-1 for 1 passing touchdown.  Rees continues to look good, but this offense is capable of doing more.  This week the offense was more balanced.

 

Question Four: Can the Irish offensive line control Army defensive tackle Mike Gann?

Answer Four: Yes, Gann posted only three total tackles and only one tackle for a loss on the night.  The Irish gave up no sacks.

 

Question Five: Does Notre Dame become "Bowl Eligible" after this game?

Answer Five: Yes!!!  This was the goal and the team responded well.  USC is up next, and Brian Kelly and his staff have work to do.  However, going to a bowl was of major importance if Kelly is to have a chance to build the Irish program up to a higher level.


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