Five Answers: Wake Forest

Saturday night placed Notre Dame in ACC country with all eyes focused on the play of an Irish team coming off an impressive win over Navy. We asked five questions going into the game against the Demon Deacons; now we have the answers.

Notre Dame's 24-17 victory over Wake Forest may not have been a thing of beauty. However, as Brian Kelly said following the game, the Irish were gritty and tough, winning a game many feel they would have found a way to lose in the past.

We asked five questions going into the game, now we have our answers.

Question One: Will the Irish be ready defensively to attack the Demon Deacons skilled offense?

Answer One: The Irish gave up 297 total yards to Wake on the night. In that was a 3-yard per rush average and 11-yard average in the air. Overall, Wake posted 61 total offensive plays and found the Irish able to sack the quarterback three times. Nevertheless, the Irish shut out Wake in the second half to come away with a 24-17 win.

Question Two: Can the Irish defense post multiple sacks against Wake?

Answer Two: Yes! The Irish posted three sacks on the night but did not record any quarterback hurries.

Question Three: Will the Irish look to pound the rock on offense?

Answer Three: The Irish posted more yards rushing (175) as compared to their air attack (166) on Saturday night. With 38 rushing attempts and 24 passing, the Irish looked to Jonas Gray (92 yards) and Cierre Wood (87 yards) to control the tempo of the game.

Question Four: Can Tommy Rees and the Irish offense play turnover-free football?

Answer Four: No! Rees threw two interceptions on the night to continue an ongoing trend in his play.

Question Five: Will the Irish suffer a letdown after last week's 42-point victory over Navy?

Answer Five: While the game was not the blowout many expected, the Irish in the past would lose games like this one. A 24-17 victory will not make some happy, but the victory made the Irish bowl eligible with an outside chance to go 9-3 on the season. Top Stories