Five Answers: Air Force

Saturday's second blowout in as many weeks should have Irish fans fully on board with Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame program. We asked five questions going into the game against the Falcons; now we have the answers.

While the defense may have bent throughout, it did not break as the Irish offense rose to the occasion with a major scoring outburst against Air Force.

Here are the answers to the five questions/points we brought up prior to the game.

Question One: Will Bob Diaco's defense struggle against the Air Force rushing attack?

Answer One: It was expected the Irish would give up yardage to the Falcons option attack, and on the day the Irish surrendered 363 yards rushing and another 202 yards in the air. However, take away 141 of those yards and the final two scores that came against the second team defense and the day was not as bad as the stat sheet indicates. The positive is the Irish first team defense only allowed two touchdowns. This should prove to be a good tune-up for the much-anticipated rematch Navy in three weeks.

Question Two: Can Notre Dame's offensive line dominate at the point of attack?

Answer Two: With 266 yards rushing for an average of 9.2 yards and four touchdowns I would say the Irish offensive line did a very good job of dominating the Falcons.

Question Three: Will the Irish look to air things out against the Falcons?


Andrew Hendrix enjoyed a big day
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Answer Three: Yes, while the running game was very solid, Brian Kelly still loves to throw the football around and Saturday was no different as the Irish threw it 36 times. What is even more impressive is the fact Irish hit on 75% of their throws and four scores from the air. The big surprise on the day was the 4-of-4 passing by Andrew Hendrix.

Question Four: Can the Irish improve upon their Red-Zone touchdown scoring against the Falcons?

Answer Four: Yes! This is the type of offense I expect from a Brian Kelly-coached team. On Saturday the Irish were a perfect 6-of-6 in touchdowns in the red-zone.

Question Five: Can Tommy Rees play back-to-back solid games?

Answer Five: Yes! While there were a couple of questionable throws, Rees again played a solid game going 23-of 32 for 261 yards and four touchdowns. However, the biggest part to the day's success was no turnovers. This is the type of game you want from your starting quarterback going into a bye week and the biggest game of the season coming up next.


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