The Irish last played a game on November 27, how will the layoff affect the team when they take the field against Miami?
This was a solid game for the Irish after a long layoff. All signs point to better things in 2011 and Irish fans should be excited for spring practice to arrive. Brian Kelly had his team focused on the task at hand and delivered a season ending victory.
The Canes enter the game having loss two in a row and their head coach. Does this set up the Irish to have their biggest game of the season?
At the start, Miami showed signs of not wanting to play as they came out looking to stay warm. Mistakes and penalties stopped Miami early and when they did respond it was too late.
Brian Kelly and Charley Molnar have had time to work with Tommy Rees over an extended amount of time. What effects will this work have on the freshman quarterback?
Rees looked comfortable going 15-29 for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He did a solid job of managing the game not throwing an interception as the Irish used a solid run game picking up 196 yards. Rees knows he enters the spring in a deep competition if he is to be the starter in 2011.
The Irish defense has proven to be stingy over the past several games. Will they continue their dominance over Miami?
The Irish gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns. However, Miami only gained 103 yards on the ground and threw four interceptions on the day. The Irish posted no sacks and only four quarterback hurries and one tackle for loss giving the defensive staff some things to work on when spring arrives.
How will Ian Williams play after missing the final four games of the season and coming back from what looked like a season ending injury?
Just to see Williams on the field was huge. He may have only posted one tackle, but he also had two quarterback hurries on the day.